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by Herta Muller

Müller has triumphed in her honesty, and The Land of Green Plums is her testimony. Describes in precisely hewn detail what is was like to live in Romania under communism. Ms. Müller's rich, harsh, obsessive imagery captures the surreal beauty and the difficulty of Ceausescu-era Romania. By paying careful attention to the slightest nuances of life in Romania the book gives an accurate description of what it was like to be alive anywhere in Eastern Europe during the years of communism. Müller has triumphed in her honesty and The Land of Green Plums is her testimony. The Washington Times.

The Land of Green Plums (German: Herztier) is a novel by Herta Müller, published in 1994 by Rowohlt Verlag. Perhaps Müller's best-known work, the story portrays four young people living in a totalitarian police state in Communist Romania, ending with their emigration to Germany. The narrator is an unidentified young woman belonging to the ethnic German minority. Müller said the novel was written "in memory of my Romanian friends who were killed under the Ceauşescu regime".

One of Herta Müller’s favourite themes, in fact perhaps her most common one, is the repression of Eastern European . This book is probably her best-known example of this theme.

One of Herta Müller’s favourite themes, in fact perhaps her most common one, is the repression of Eastern European states, primarily Romania, towards their nationals during the Soviet era. The story is narrated by an unnamed young woman living in Romania during the Ceausescu regime. Initially, she is living in a college, sharing a dormitory with five others including, in particular, Lola.

Start by marking The Land of Green Plums as Want to Read . It's character driven so there's no real plot. Yet the vivid picture Herta Müller paints of Communist Romania under dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu is an absolute horror

Start by marking The Land of Green Plums as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Yet the vivid picture Herta Müller paints of Communist Romania under dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu is an absolute horror. I mean, the inanity of harassing perfectly harmless people and interrogating them and humiliating them for no purpose other than to instill fear and, thus, submission. Hannah Arendt's phrase "the banality of evil" springs to mind.

Muller opens and closes her novel, The Land of Green Plums, with this line so she must thinks it's important. It must be the key her novel's theme. This notion of whether or not to speak and the price you’ll pay for speaking, seem all to relevant today.

Автор: Mueller Herta Название: The Land of Green Plums . Описание: The book for the first time explores in-depth the life and work of Herta Herzog (1910–2010), an Austrian-American social psychologist.

Herta Muller, herself a survivor of Ceausescus police state, speaks from intimate experience.

One can see why, even before you've read it. Romanians suffered probably more than anyone else, except perhaps Albanians, in terms of Eastern-bloc-style deprivation, and Ceausescu's personal style, the extravagance of his despotism, certainly didn't make things any easier to bear.

Political corruption - Fiction. Totalitarianism - Fiction. Romania - History - 1944-1989 - Fiction. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Lotu Tii on November 5, 2013.

Ms. Muller opens and closes her novel, The Land of Green Plums, with this line so she must thinks it's important. It must be the key her novel's theme

Book: The Land of Green Plums Author: Herta Müller Translated: Michael Hofmann Genre: Fiction Publisher: Granta Books Excerpt: I knew the dwarf lady on Trajan Square. She had more scalp than hair, she was deaf and dumb, and she wore a grass pigtail like the discarded chairs underneath the old people’s mulberry trees. What meaning can we find in it?

San Diego Union-Tribune. The Land of Green Plums works hauntingly, disturbingly well

San Diego Union-Tribune. The Land of Green Plums works hauntingly, disturbingly well. Impressive, wholly authentic. a bleak fable with the flickering intensity of a nightmare.

Set in Romania at the height of Ceausescu's reign of terror, "The Land of Green Plums" tells the story of a group of young students, each of whom has left the impoverished provinces in search of better prospects in the city. It is a profound illustration of a totalitarian state which comes to inhabit every aspect of life; to the extent that everyone, event the strongest, must either bend to the oppressors, or resist them and perish.
This was a very difficult book to read, as attested to by all members of my book club. Several people stopped early on. But, it is written in a "stream-of-consciousness" style with paragraphs that jump suddenly from one subject to another and no discernible pattern, and I don't recall any chapter delineations, either. It is a very dark story about 4 young people living in Romania and the suffering they endured under a tyrant's rule. I came to believe, after I had finished the book, that the style of writing was actually probably a good way to make the reader understand how chaotic and difficult life was under these circumstances. It actually is a worthwhile read.
Grounded in her personal experiences, this poetic and fragmented novella The Land of Green Plums: A Novelhas a staccato beat worthy of a shower scene in Hitchcock's thrillers. The fragements in this book can be patched together with the paranoid elements of The Appointment: A Novel to immerse yourself into the nightmare uncertainty of the madness that was Ceausescu's Romania. One can begin to understand why he and his wife were shot against a wall by something approaching a mob (hundreds volunteered for the firing squad). The german language version was called Herztier - heart animal - a compound word that german delights in with a meaning as uncertain as the I/HM 's future in her broken life, and the characters struggle for life against inner urges of death and desperation, but their animal hearts propel them onwards. The book begins with a visceral jolt - a friend dies hung with I/HM's dress belt. The jolt is electrified by her denunciation in a school meeting where everyone applauds the dead body's ejection from the Party. Everyone applauds and applauds and is afraid to stop in robotic submission and fear; and the hatred of the system and the fear mount. But I/HM must deal not only with the totalitarian present; she also has to deal with her father's totalitarian past as he sings songs to the Fuehrer/Hitler as he hacks down plants in a village as broken by its Nazi heritage as it is by the present dictatorship. I/HM's childhood is already filled with mounting unreasoning fear; and she is compelled to compound that fear by living dangerously, flaunting her independence but enthralled by the fear of its consequences: she eats green plums as a child though admonished that they will kill her; and she leaves her own dung on her secret service enemy's doorstep. The demeaning dehumanizing oppression destroys her friendships and her own sensations of love and joy: all are bleakly automatised like tin toys or wooden watermelons. Her broken childhood in a broken village is given no relief when she leaves it for the broken society of school: the fear is implanted on faces and the differences between the insane and the everyday are beyond human sensibility. Yet, the poetry and singularity of vision in this book is astonishing. It acquires a rhythm of its own that is transfinite, beyond any particular language. Mueller has created her own vision and it takes terrific effort to share it, but it is Oh! so worthwhile!
Romania has probably never been my idea of Paradise -- not when it was the outermost corner of the Roman Empire, not in the millennia since, not even today -- but it was surely closer to Hell on Earth during the phony-communist tyranny of Ceauçescu than ever before. Nevertheless, though 'everyone' around them was obsessed with fleeing at any risk, the four young dissidents of this novel were painfully ambiguous about exiling themselves. As it turned out, the first of them to flee wouldn't last long in Germany anyway. But given how vile and perilous life was for them in Romania, as described anyway, one HAS to ask what held them so tenaciously. Family? Yet their families were hateful. Idealism? Long shed! Fear of otherness? Well, yes, that for sure...

The narrator is a young woman from a German-Romanian village, whose father had been an SS officer. Sent to the city for education and to make something of herself, she hooks up to three young men whose situations are similar. The narrator also forms tortured relationships with two women of her own age, a fellow student who commits suicide and the alienated daughter of a Party official of some importance. Is the narrator Herta Müller herself? Yes, of course, and no, of course not. The subject matter of Müller's novels is always the paranoic nightmare of life under the Dictatorship, with its interrogations, its betrayals, its abject corruption of all aspects of personality, but each novel tells a somewhat different story. As a reader, this time, I choose to think that "The Land of Green Plums" is a carefully crafted fiction, whatever details it may include from Müller's own experiences. It's all the more amazing that way. The poetic vividness of the narrator's memories need not be compromised by fact-checking. Vivid they are! Heart-rackingly personal, full of jagged coded symbolism, a whole interiorized secret language, in which 'fingernail clippers' mean 'interrogation' and 'blood drinking' stands for collaboration with the tyranny. This language is not always easily deciphered. It's fragmented and elusive, and any usual chronological constraints of narration do not apply. The narrator is simultaneously a village girl, a student, a woman the 'authorities' want to hound out of existence, and a atomized non-person-in-exile. What a powerful emotional tool Müller's cryptic coded language is, nevertheless! If anguish can ever be beautiful, Müller makes it so. Her originality and imagination are dazzling.

I chose to read this book, Müller's best known, in English because of the respect I have for the skill of translator Michael Hofmann. Having read it once that way, I certainly plan to read it again in German. It's good enough for the effort. The German title, by the way, has nothing to do with plums; it's "Herztier", a made-up word meaning literally 'heart-beast'. The English translation is possibly misleading; "The Land of Green Plums" might suggest an aura of nostalgia or romanticism that doesn't fit the book on any level. There are 'green plums' in the story, but they are toxic to those who eat them in the presence of anything honorable.

The six chief characters of Herztier are all 'dissidents'. They are perceived as such by the police, by their fellow students and colleagues at work, by their neighbors and families, even by strangers in the markets. One has to imagine them as 'standing out' conspicuously in how they dress, how they converse, how they cut or don't cut their hair. They are hated automatically, as 'beatniks' were in the 1950s in Middle America or 'skinheads' are today in many 'Free World' cities. One has to consider the possibility that their dissidence is deeper than political dissatisfaction. Don't they seem to realize as much, i.e. that they would be dissidents anywhere? The corruption and oppression that torments them in Romania is NOT just the weight of the totalitarian state, and Herztier is NOT just an agitprop critique of the "years of communism". Their society is as corrupt from the bottom up as from the top down. They are rejected and feared from below and above, most intensely by the little people around them who have accommodated, been coopted, perhaps even thrived on the police state. Many of the reviews of this book, and the blurb on the jacket, speak of Herta Müller's "triumph" against the corrosion of the totalitarian state. No question, Müller has triumphed as an artist, a Nobel prize winner. But I don't hear a blare of triumph - not even a bleat of relief - in her writing. Hers is a very bleak view of humanity as its own worst oppressor. It's a good thing she writes so well, or I wouldn't be able to tolerate her suffering.
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Herta Muller
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