Our Book of the Week is The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller.
Nobel prize winner, Herta Müller, is a fascinating writer. A Romanian-born German, her family was deeply affected by the communist regime. Her mother was deported to a labor camp at the age of 17 and later, Herta's own refusal to cooperate with the secret police caused her to lose her job. She is notable for her depictions of how violence and terror impacts upon the lives of ordinary people and in 2009 she was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In her review, Nicole Manour writes about Herta's prose with a sense of awe:
"Often, her descriptions defy any literal meaning. Instead, they convey the many layers of her protagonist’s story, and, in this case, resonate with the word play in Oskar Pastior’s poetry."
The Hunger Angel is out now in paperback ($29.99).