Did you say Herta Müller … ?

Who she? You may well ask. She’s a Romanian-born German who writes. And yes, she’s just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature … No one has heard of her before yesterday and no one will probably remember her name after January 1, 2010. Now why am I blogging about this? There are two reasons. […]

Who she?

You may well ask. She’s a Romanian-born German who writes. And yes, she’s just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature … No one has heard of her before yesterday and no one will probably remember her name after January 1, 2010.

Now why am I blogging about this?

There are two reasons.

Reason One: Amos Oz, the Israeli writer, was runner-up, apparently. Now Amos Oz is one of my favorite writers and I’ve been saying for years that this man must be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Just a while ago I recommended his books to a friend of mine and fellow blogger, Jo Wake. You will see the link to her blog to the left.)

Reason Two: There is another writer who merits the Nobel Prize for Literature and he lives and writes here in France. His name is André Makine and he was born in Russia and he too, like Ms Herta Müller, had to leave his homeland because of oppression and dictatorship. I am going to write his name here now again in bold lettering, because this is how strongly I feel about this.

ANDRE MAKINE

To get back to Herta Müller. The English translations of her books are available only in used copies on Amazondotcom, but no doubt, her U.S. and British publishers will correct this before many days have gone by. But before you rush to order one, Peter Filkins, the ‘New York Times’ reviewer, wrote in 1997 about her novel ‘The Appointment’ that to read it is a test of endurance.

Now, if the Nobel committee members want to be silly (and they are silly and have been silly for years) then they should have awarded this year’s Literary Nobel to Swedish Stieg Larsson, author of the international best seller ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. It would have been a posthumous award, which would have made it all that much more appreciated, because he died unexpectedly in November 2004 without knowing what a hit his novel would be.

But I am crying on behalf of Amos Oz and Andre Makine …

Mr. Oz, I adore your books, and Mr. Makine I adore your books too.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “Did you say Herta Müller … ?”

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    Jo Says:

    No accounting for the choices of the Nobel Prize committee.

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