Quotes by Herta Müller

"I have packed myself into silence so deeply and for so long that I can never unpack myself using words. When I speak, I only pack myself a little differently."

"I'm always telling myself I don't have many feelings. Even when something does affect me I'm only moderately moved. I almost never cry. It's not that I'm stronger than the ones with teary eyes, I'm weaker. They have courage. When all you are is skin and bones, feelings are a brave thing. I'm more of a coward. The difference is minimal though, I just use my strength not to cry. When I do allow myself a feeling, I take the part that hurts and bandage it up with a story that doesn't cry, that doesn't dwell on homesickness."

"Women always need other women to lean on. They become friends in order to hate each other better. The more they hate each other, the more inseparable they become."

"When we don't speak, said Edgar, we become unbearable, and when we do, we make fools of ourselves."

"آدم ها تمام نمی شوند، آدم ها نیمه شب باهمه آنچه در پس ذهن تو برایت باقی گذاشته اند، به تو هجوم می آورند."


Books by Herta Müller

  • The Hunger Angel
  • 4,687 ratings
  • April 24th 2012 by Metropolitan Books

    (first published 2009)

  • The Appointment
  • 3,184 ratings
  • September 13th 2001 by Metropolitan Books

    (first published 1997)

  • Nadirs
  • 1,168 ratings
  • September 1st 1999 by University of Nebraska Press

    (first published 1982)

Herta Müller
  • Herta Müller

  • Date of birth: August 17, 1953
  • Born: in Niţchidorf, Romania.

  • Description: Herta Müller was born in Niţchidorf, Timiş County, Romania, the daughter of Swabian farmers. Her family was part of Romania's German minority and her mother was deported to a labour camp in the Soviet Union after World War II.

    She read German studies and Romanian literature at Timişoara University. In 1976, Müller began working as a translator for an engineering company, but in 1979 was dismissed for her refusal to cooperate with the Securitate, the Communist regime's secret police. Initially, she made a living by teaching kindergarten and giving private German lessons.

    Her first book was published in Romania (in German) in 1982, and appeared only in a censored version, as with most publications of the time.

    In 1987, Müller left for Germany with her husband, novelist Richard Wagner. Over the following years she received many lectureships at universities in Germany and abroad.

    In 1995 Müller was awarded membership to the German Academy for Writing and Poetry, and other positions followed. In 1997 she withdrew from the PEN centre of Germany in protest of its merge with the former German Democratic Republic branch.

    The Swedish Academy awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature to Müller, "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed".

    She currently resides in Berlin, Germany.