Our dearest author Herta Müller has passed away. Official note to be released soon. pic.twitter.com/IwSSTsOGKv
— Hanser Verlag (@HanserVerlag) July 6, 2020
Herta Müller was born on August 17, 1953, she was a Romanian-born German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Nițchidorf, Timiș County in Romania, her native language is German. Since the early 1990s, she has been internationally established, and her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Müller is noted for her works depicting the effects of violence, cruelty and terror, usually in the setting of the Socialist Republic of Romania under the repressive Nicolae Ceaușescu regime which she has experienced herself. Many of her works are told from the viewpoint of the German minority in Romania and are also a depiction of the modern history of the Germans in the Banat and Transylvania. Her much acclaimed 2009 novel The Hunger Angel (Atemschaukel) portrays the deportation of Romania’s German minority to Soviet Gulags during the Soviet occupation of Romania for use as German forced labor.
Circumstances surrounding her death is yet to be revealed. We will update you as soon as we have more information about her death.