Mueller wins Nobel literary prize

Romanian-born German writer Herta Mueller awarded Nobel Prize for Literature.

    Romanian-born Mueller receives $1.4m
    as part of the prize [AFP]

    The novelist, essayist and poet, who will receive $1.4m as part of the award, was also praised for writing with "the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose".

    Born in 1953, to a family from Romania's German minority, Mueller worked as a translator in a machine factory in the late 1970s.

    She was dismissed when she refused to work as an informant for the Romanian secret police.

    Mueller's mother spent five years in a Soviet Union work camp after being sent there from Romania.

    In her 2009 book Atemschaukel, Mueller portrayed the condition of German Romanians deported to the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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