Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller in Belgrade

A literary event called ‘The Night with Herta Müller’ will take place at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade, on Monday, 23rd October, from 8 pm to 10 pm.

The tickets are free of charge and are available at the theatre’s box office. Simultaneous translation is provided.

The German journalist and writer, Michael Martens and writer and translator Ivan Ivanji will talk to Herta Müller about her life in totalitarian regime, deflection, the constant search for freedom, and insincerity and overall paranoia in today’s world.

Serbian actress Mirjana Karanovic will read the excerpts from the translated works of Herta Müller throughout the night. Also, the German writer will be signing the copies of her books in the hall of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre after the event.

Müller was born to the family of farmers in Nițchidorf, up to the 1980s a German-speaking village in the Romanian Banat in western Romania. Her family was part of Romania’s German minority. Her grandfather had been a wealthy farmer and merchant, but his property was confiscated by the Communist regime. Her father was a member of the Waffen SS during World War II, and earned a living as a truck driver in Communist Romania. In 1945 her mother, then aged 17, was among 100,000 of the German minority deported to forced labour camps in the Soviet Union, from which she was released in 1950.

In 1976, Müller began working as a translator for an engineering factory, but was dismissed in 1979 for her refusal to cooperate with the Securitate, the Communist regime’s secret police. After her dismissal she initially earned a living by teaching kindergarten and giving private German lessons. After being refused permission to emigrate to West Germany in 1985, Müller was finally allowed to leave along with her then-husband, novelist Richard Wagner, in 1987, and they settled in West Berlin where both still live. She published her first book – Niederungen – in Romania in German in 1982, in a state-censored version. The book was about a child’s view of the German-cultural Banat.

(Blic, 19.10.2017)

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  1. Steve Peterson says:

    This site should be called the Globalist Monitor, not Serbian. There’s nothing Serb about this page. It’s a page of snobby globalists who think they’re enlightened. The things and ideas promoted on this page are actually ANTI-SERBIAN and anti anything that is national, particular or unique – that’s GLOBALISM!

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