Latest Issue

Out of the questioning

The 2009 Nobel prize winner, German author Herta Müller, is almost unknown among English speakers. But her tales of totalitarianism must be read

Herta Müller: controversy swirls round her

The Appointment by Herta Mueller (Portobello, £7.99)

While reading this extraordinary book, I mentioned to four different friends that I was writing a piece about Herta Mueller. All were expensively educated, well-informed people with good Oxbridge arts degrees. Yet each responded in the same way: “Herta who?” I will lay good odds that these four are not unusual.

It is a measure of how insular, myopic and lazy Anglo-Saxon cultural life has become that the work of one of Europe’s most important contemporary writers is so little known. So dominant is our language that…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect