From the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature!
“[The Passport] has the same clipped prose cadences as Nadirs, this time applied to evoke the trapped mentality of a man so desperate for freedom that he views everything through a temporal lens, like a prisoner staring at a calendar in his cell.”—Wall Street Journal
“A swift, stinging narrative, fable-like in its stoic concision and painterly detail.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Passport is a beautiful, haunting novel whose subject is a German village in Romania caught between the stifling hopelessness of Ceausescu’s dictatorship and the glittering temptations of the West. Stories from the past are woven together with the problems Windisch, the village miller, faces after he applies for permission to migrate to West Germany. Herta Müller (Herta Mueller) describes with poetic attention the dreams and superstitions, conflicts and oppression of a forgotten region, the Banat, in the Danube Plain. In sparse, poetic language, Muller captures the forlorn plight of a trapped people.
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But The Passport rarely shakes the spectre of a narrator trying extremely hard to flog her style to the appropriate pitch of doom-laden psychosis, meaning that this one-note record of a personal apocalypse may struggle to linger in the mind.Read Full Review of The Passport (Masks)
But beyond the novelty of such a piece coming honestly from an unheard mouth, this reads as an unmemorable slice of rustic ennui and quiet complaint from its inhabitants...but I don't suspect many will find themselves completely entertained.Read Full Review of The Passport (Masks)
Muller’s spare writing style has a haunting, almost lyrical quality as she draws a window to the local superstitions, customs and power structure of a tiny village suffering under the heel of Ceausescu’s dictatorship.Read Full Review of The Passport (Masks)
However, while her style might not be to everyone’s taste, in a short, fragmented novel like The Passport it does serve well to convey the haunted melancholy of Windisch’s village and the oppressive uselessness of his situation.Read Full Review of The Passport (Masks)
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