Sunday, February 7, 2010

Books in Translation

This week's featured book in translation is by Nobel Prize-winning Herta Müller. The Passport is a dark and lyrical journey through post-World War II Romania.

I have been entranced by this book for the last few days. It is a tough look at Romanians trying to leave a country destroyed by war.

While The Passport is a dark and sad tale, it's written in short and brilliant chapters.
Müller has an understanding of human nature that is both insightful and scary.

Windisch as he bicycles through his town trying to find an escape to Germany for him and his family.

Müller's writing is dark and beautiful, showing the lives of a town trying to escape their past. It is a short, dark book. . .but one that is worth reading.

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