The land of green plums by Herta Müller is a German-born Romanian writer, poet, and essayist who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009 for his work, The Land of Green Tomatoes.
Müller and his family, who were part of the German minority in Romania, suffered numerous blows from the government of Nicolae Ceausescu.
Herta was severely repressed for not cooperating with the secret police of the Romanian dictatorial government in the 1970s, and was deported for refusing to cooperate with the secret police of the Romanian communist regime and emigrated to Germany in 1987.
The Land of Green Tomatoes, winner of Germany’s most prestigious literary awards such as Impec Dublin and Kleist, chronicles the lives of a number of students living in Romania at the height of Ceausescu’s tyranny, hoping to find a better life for their impoverished and dictatorial country. To leave for Germany before being arrested by government agents.
In part of the book we read: Five German-speaking students in the horrific times and tyranny of Nikolai Ceausescu, dreaming of a better life and tired of their difficult circumstances, want to test their luck with their latest efforts to achieve a life full of justice. But the betrayal of each of the friends and their suicide take the story in a direction that can perhaps be understood only by reading the book and being in the maze of the story.
Herta Müller intends to introduce you to an environment in which the totalitarian government infiltrates all aspects of its people’s private lives and does not grant them privacy. The people, the strongest of whom either humiliate themselves in the face of the oppression of their predecessors or lose their lives in defense of their humanity.
The Land of Green Tomatoes can certainly be a prime example of the oppressive rule of society by a repressive ruler. Müller himself, one of the survivors of the arrogant government of Ceausescu, now wants to tell his life story with all his truth and wonder, and with sharp and biting but poetic language, reveals the secrets of society and people whose fear and cowardice ruin their time. In order for you to gain a better and deeper understanding of the unbridled power of police officers and guards who fill their pockets and mouths with green tomatoes ….
Excerpt from the book
Whenever the mother ties the child to the chair with the belt of her clothes, whenever the hairdresser fixes the grandfather’s hair, whenever the father says to the child “Do not eat green tomatoes!”, All these years, a grandmother stands in the corner of the room. He is looking for all the future and the passing away with a troubled mind. All these years, Grandma whispers to herself.
After dark, when my singing grandmother returned home, my mother asked, “Where have you been?” “At home,” said my singing grandmother. My mother said you were in the village. Your house is here. He shook my singing grandmother to a chair and said: What are you looking for in the village? “My mother,” said my singing grandmother. My mother said: I am your mother. “You never combed my hair,” said my singing grandmother.
About the author:
Herta Müller was born on August 17, 1953, a Romanian-German writer, poet, and essayist who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Müller lost his teaching job in the 1970s for not cooperating with the secret police of Nikolai Ceausescu’s government. In 1976 he worked as a translator in an industrial factory.
But he was fired for refusing to cooperate with the Romanian communist regime’s secret police. His first collection of short stories was published in 1982 in German and was censored in Romania.
Müller’s first works were smuggled out of Romania to be published.
He immigrated to Germany in 1987. Prior to emigrating, he studied German language and Romanian literature. Müller taught at the University of Germany and became a member of the German Language Academy in 1997.
Müller was repeatedly threatened with death for not cooperating with the Romanian security service during Ceausescu’s rule.
After receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in Leipzig, he said that while writing his first books, he had to meet with his German editor in a remote forest so that no one could hear them talking.
“One of the methods of suppressing and intimidating the Romanian security police was to force me to sign a document that showed that I was an informant and a collaborator of the country’s security apparatus,” Müller said.
In 2009, the Nobel Committee for Literature declared, “The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to Herta Müller, who, with a focus on simple poetry and prose, portrayed the lives of those whose lives were confiscated.
A spokesman for the Nobel Prize jury praised Müller for his courageous resistance to the Romanian communist dictatorship. “Müller talks about vital issues that are worth fighting for,” he said.
Müller has won dozens of literary awards for his novels and works since 1981, the most important of which are:
Franz Kafka Prize 1999
Conrad Adenauer Foundation Award 2004
2- Introducing the book The land of green plums in Aparat