Wednesday, 14 October 2009
BOOK NEWS: German-Romanian woman author wins Nobel Lit Prize
Herta Müller, a little-known German-Romanian author, who was persecuted for her critical depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain, has won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature in an award seen as a nod to the 20th anniversary of the collapse of communism.
The decision was expected to keep alive the controversy surrounding the academy's pattern of awarding the prize to European writers.
Müller, 56, a member of Romania's ethnic German minority, was honoured for work that "with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed," the Swedish Academy said.
"I am very surprised and still cannot believe it," Müller said in a statement released by her publisher in Germany, where she is widely renowned. "I can't say anything more at the moment."
The prize includes a 10 million kronor ($1.4 million) prize and will be handed out Dec. 10 in the Swedish capital. Previous women writers to have won the prestigious award include Doris Lessing and Toni Morrison.
Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama was controversially selected as the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.