Winner of the 1998 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Set in Romania at the height of Ceausescu's reign of terror, The Land of Green Plums tells the story of a group of young students, each of whom has left the impoverished provinces in search of better prospects in the city. It is a profound illustration of a totalitarian state which comes to inhabit every aspect of life; to the extent that everyone, even the strongest, must either bend to the oppressors, or resist them and perish.
'A powerful autobiographical account, The Land of Green Plums . . . will linger on in the mind and Michael Hofmann's translation is a marvel.' - Guardian
'This is a genuinely moving book. The style . . . develops an almost hypnotic power over the reader.' - Sunday Telegraph
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Herta Muller was born in Romania in 1953. After refusing to cooperate with Ceausescu's Securitate, she lost her job as a teacher and suffered repeated threats before she was able to emigrate in 1987. She now lives in Berlin. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009.