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…
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