Herta Müller was born in 1953 in a German-speaking village in Banat, Romania. After having her publications banned and suffering repression from the Securitate (the Romanian secret police), she was able to emigrate Berlin in 1987, where she lives to this day. Her best-known works include the novels “The Hunger Angel”, “The Fox Was Ever the Hunter” and “The Passport”, the prose volume “Nadirs” and the essay collection “The King Bows and Kills”. For her novel “The Land of Green Plums”, she won the 1998 Impac Dublin Literary Award, the world’s richest literary prize for a single work. Following several other honors, she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature.