“It’s not true that there are words for everything” – An evening with Herta Müller


lit.COLOGNE 2020

“It’s not true that there are words for everything” – An evening with Herta Müller

Herta Müller’s life has always provided material for her writing. She was born in Nițchidorf, Romania, in 1953. Her ancestors had originally come from Germany (Banat Swabians) and sent their children to German-language schools. She spent her childhood “without a homeland and unfree” among demoralized villagers, many of whom worked under the totalitarian Ceaușescu regime but had also not come to grips with their complicity during the Nazi era. Her father was a member of the Waffen-SS, her mother was traumatized after spending five years as a forced laborer in a Russian work camp. Müller did not learn Romanian until she was 15 years old. She began to write literary texts, in German, to process the silence and her existential angst. She moved to Berlin in 1987. Her most famous books include “The Fox Was Ever the Hunter”, “The Land of Green Plums”, “The King Bows and Kills” and “The Hunger Angel: A Novel”. She makes collage poems with scissors and paper. In 2009, she received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Host: Bettina Böttinger

  • Wednesday 11 March

    11. March 2020

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