The Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to the 56-year-old German writer Herta MÃ¼ller. MÃ¼ller is the author of 19 books. Not all of them have been translated into English and only a handful are anywhere close to being in print. The Prize committee said MÃ¼ller, “with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.” MÃ¼ller was born in Romanian and emigrated to Germany in 1987. Her first books were published only in censored versions in Romania. The Nobel’s “bio-bibliography” has more.
It’s not easy at present to get a hold of a book by MÃ¼ller in the U.S., but doubtless her works that have been translated into English will come back into print quickly. The Appointment was published by Metropolitan books and The Passport by Serpents Tail. Nadirs was brought out by the University of Nebraska Press, and Northwestern University Press put out The Land of Green Plums and Traveling on One Leg. The latter two are technically in print right now though I wouldn’t expect hardly any bookstore to actually have them on the shelves.