May 3 & May 4: Nobel Laureate Herta Müller at PEN World Voices
On the occasion of PEN World Voices and a US tour featuring discussions and readings from The Hunger Angel (Metropolitan Books), the new translation by Philip Boehm of her 2009 novel, Atemschaukel, Romanian-born, German-language author Herta Müller makes her first visit to the United States in a decade.
Winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, Herta Müller’s prose works and poetry have been translated into over 40 languages. The Nobel committee described the author as a writer “who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.”
The Hunger Angel relates, in language both poetic and precise, the plight of Leo Auberg, deported from Romania in the final months of the Second World War to a Soviet labor camp, where he will struggle for survival for the next five years. This latest work is a moving addition to Müller’s portrayals of the confrontation between oppressive regimes and the human spirit.
On May 3 she will present a talk entitled “School of Silence” at Deutsches Haus NYU, followed by a conversation with author Claire Messud at the 92 Street Y on May 4.
Herta Müller’s literary awards include the Kleist Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, and the International IMPAC DUBLIN Award. Following her appearances in New York, she will travel to Chicago, Boston and Washington, DC.
The Eighth Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature — New York City, April 30-May 6, 2012: 100 writers from 25 nations convene to New York to celebrate the power of the written word in action.
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