ARTS & LEISURE

Herta Muller reading, at Bastilia Bookshop

The Bastilia Bookshop (5, Romana Square) hosts tomorrow from 6pm a reading dedicated to Herta Muller. Cristina Gavrus will read excerpts from the collection of essays “Mereu aceeasi nea, mereu acelasi neica” (Always the Same Snow and Always the Same Uncle), followed by a roundtable featuring Eleonore Ellwanger, Simona Kessler, Alexandru Al. Sahighian, Gabriel H. Decuble, Denisa Comanescu.

According to Humanitas Publishing, Herta Muller offers, in the autobiographic episodes that make up the book, a deeply personal take on her writing, on the obstinate quest for the word that can speak the truth, as well as on her times. Thus, the book is both a self-portrait, which allows the reader to retrace the writer’s journey from a small village in the Banat to becoming a great name of world literature, as well as a study of political realities and the violence of Power – the accurate and unflinching portrayal of an age of unfair and narrow-minded imperatives. As a being endowed with a keen sense of personal dignity and of what should not be done at all costs, the writer could not but come to the Securitate’s attention.

Herta Muller was born on August 17, 1953 in Nitchidorf. After getting a degree in German and Romanian Philology, she was briefly employed as a translator in a Timisoara factory, whence she was fired because she refused to collaborate with the Securitate. In 1987 she immigrated to Germany. In 2009 the Swedish Academy awarded her the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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