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Book Review: Cristina and Her Double by Herta Miller

Muller's fragile prose reminds us of the lasting impact history can have on the imagination

By Bettany Hughes   December 2013

History can mess with your mind. Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller, with prose as fragile and as fine as sugar-crystal, reminds us of this truth with her essays on Ceausescu’s Romania. Born in the German-speaking Swabian minority of western Romania, to a mother who had been interred in Soviet camps and a father targeted for financial punishment, Müller emerges from the page as a highly sensitive child subjugated to a life of peasantry. She communicates the drumming dread of her childhood in a series of surreal and striking metaphors; she is…

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