The Appointment by Herta Muller
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From the winner of the IMPAC Award and the Nobel Prize, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in the most intimate reaches of her life

"I've been summoned. Thursday, ten sharp." Thus begins one day in the life of a young clothing-factory worker during Ceaucescu's totalitarian regime. She has been questioned before; this time, she believes, will be worse. Her crime? Sewing notes into the linings of men's suits bound for Italy. "Marry me," the notes say, with her name and address. Anything to get out of the country.

As she rides the tram to her interrogation, her thoughts stray to her friend Lilli, shot trying to flee to Hungary, to her grandparents, deported after her first husband informed on them, to Major Albu, her interrogator, who begins each session with a wet kiss on her fingers, and to Paul, her lover, her one source of trust, despite his constant drunkenness. In her distraction, she misses her stop to find herself on an unfamiliar street. And what she discovers there makes her fear of the appointment pale by comparison.

Herta Müller pitilessly renders the humiliating terrors of a crushing regime. Bone-spare and intense, The Appointment confirms her standing as one of Europe's greatest writers.


About Herta Muller

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Herta M?ller was born in Timis, Romania in 1953. A vocal member of the German minority, she was forced to leave the country in 1987, and moved to Berlin, where she still lives. This edition of The Passport was the first publication of M?ller's work in English. She is the 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Published September 13, 2001 by Metropolitan Books. 240 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The Appointment by Herta Müller, translated by Michael Hulse and Philip Boehm Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Tell us what you think: Sta...

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ABC Perth

Muller was regularly harassed, suffered a vile whispering campaign, and was forbidden publication of her books in Romania.

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