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HERTA MÜLLER – THE WEAKNESSES OF HISTORY AND THE WRITER’S ROUGH EDGE
HERTA MÜLLER – THE WEAKNESSES OF HISTORY AND THE WRITER’S ROUGH EDGE

Author(s): Marius Miheţ
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universitatii din Oradea
Keywords: exile; totalitarianism; Communism; Herta Müller; metaphor; the uncomfortable; forgiveness/unforgivingness; power of words.

Summary/Abstract: Herta Müller is a specialist in dealing with uncomfortable things. One of the most peculiar features of Herta Müller’s writing and of her social being as well is the writer’s powerlessness to over-credit conciliations. Her ultimate resort to doubt investigates everything, even the word itself. The writer has not changed her opinion on Romania: a country where imposture and falsehood are more easily perpetuated. Even the slightest piece of affection becomes impossible. What the writer accuses is the thievish world altogether. Having postponed the recognition of its historical weaknesses, this world hurried to get dressed in the ludicrous, merry clothing of democracy. There is no other way for Herta Müller to express herself, she does not confide in literature, she cannot entrust herself to literature. She feels indebted only to the things she has lived.

  • Issue Year: 20/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 46-52
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English