Title: THE LAND OF GREEN PLUMS - Rare Review Copy ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Metropolitan Books, 1996
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 242 pages. Published in 1996. The author's second novel to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. Review Copy. Review Material laid-in. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. The DJ design is stunningly beautiful, utilizing an iconic image by the Czech photographer Jan Saudek from "Love, Life, Death & Other Such Trifles". Presents Herta Muller's "Herztier" in a felicitous English translation. Her masterpiece, it is one of the most ferocious indictments of Communist totalitarianism in novel form. In luminous, poetic, transparent prose (Muller's work would be unbearable were it not for the sheer beauty of her prose, which shines through even in translation), she shows how an all-powerful state system "comes to inhabit every human realm and how everyone, even the strongest, must either bend to the oppressors or resist them and thereby perish" (Publisher's blurb). As a portrait of how human beings become dehumanized, dispensable, and disposable, Muller's novel is one of the bleakest anyone is likely to encounter in modern literature. Muller shows in the most harrowing detail, interleaved with moments of irony and humor, how idealism reverts effortlessly to barbarism once it comes to power. Regarded as a national icon in Germany, "a living Goethe" (rhymes with Herta), Muller was awarded the Nobel Prize on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism: "The Committee has recognized an author who refuses to let the inhumane side of life under Communism be forgotten". That is an implicit rebuke of Milan Kundera's famous (and frivolous) statement that "the condemnation of totalitarianism doesn't deserve a novel". Yes, it does, and in Muller's writing, what being human means in the context of a totalitarian system has a metaphysical lyricism. An absolute "must-have" title for Herta Muller collectors. This is a Review Copy, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Herta Muller. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Muller made a rare and historic appearance at the 2012 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, during which her signature was obtained. Laid-in are the Review Material and a fine copy of the beautifully printed Souvenir Program. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed Review Copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: It is not remainder-marked, as most copies of the book are (including one from us, priced accordingly). A rare signed copy thus. Winner of The Kleist Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes given to writers in German, in 1994. Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 1998 for "The Land of Green Plums". Winner of the European Literature Prize in 2006. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HERTA MULLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0805042954. Bookseller Inventory # 17318
Synopsis: Set in Romania at the height of Ceauescu's reign of terror, The Land of Green Plums tells the story of a group of young people who leave the impoverished province for the city in search of better prospects and camaraderie. But their hopes are ravaged, because the city, no less than the countryside, bears everywhere the mark of the dictatorship's corrosive touch. All the narrator's friends?teachers and students of vaguely dissident allegiance?betray her, do away with themselves, or both. As they do so, we see the way the totalitarian state comes to inhabit every human realm and how everyone, even the strongest, must either bend to the oppressors or resist them and thereby perish.
Herta Müller, herself a survivor of Ceausescu's police state, speaks from intimate experience. Scene by scene, in language at once harsh and poetic, she constructs a devastating picture of a society and a generation ruined by fear. In simple images of hieroglyphic power?policeman filling their pockets and mouths with green plums; girls sleeping with abattoir workers for bags of offal; a docile proletariat making things no one wants?"tin sheep and wooden watermelons"?Müller anatomizes a country and its citizens and the corruption that has rotted the core of both.
Review: Like the narrator of her novel The Land of Green Plums, Herta Muller grew up a German minority in Ceausescu's Romania, which she eventually left to settle in Germany. Her own experience lends credibility to the voice of her young narrator, who inhabits a deprived police state in which minorities such as the ethnic Germans suffer persecution beyond the quotidian oppressions of Ceausescu's regime. The title refers to the young woman's observations of the swaggering policemen who wolf down plums from the city trees, even while they're still green; the act serves as a symbol of greed, arbitrary power, and stupidity. Although an element of the story is survival, achieved by clinging to the German culture and language, the novel also confronts the older characters' sympathy with the Nazis. Nevertheless, Muller's fictional heroine finds salvation, as she herself did, in modern Germany.
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