The 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Romanian born-German writer Herta Müller.
The Swedish Academy that decides the winner recognised her ability to depict “the landscape of the dispossessed.” Many of Müller’s novels, poems and essays relate to the harsh conditions of life in Communist Romania under the repressive Nicolae Ceausescu regime.
Müller becomes the second German language recipient of the Nobel literature prize this century after Austrian writer Elfriede Kelinek.
The last German to win the prize was Gunter Grass in 1999.
Müller was born on 17 August 1953 in the German-speaking town Nitzkydorf in Banat, Romania. Her parents were members of the German-speaking minority in Romania.
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