Title: THE PASSPORT: A SURREAL TALE OF LIFE IN ...
Publisher: London, England: The Serpent's Tail, 1989
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 95 pages. Published in 1989. The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of the greatest literary debuts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. There is no American Edition. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Herta Muller's "Der Mensch ist ein Grosser fasan auf der Welt" in a felicitous English translation. "The Passport" is a fable-novel on her beloved fellow Romanians of German descent, persecuted twice in Ceausescu's totalitarian regime: As a despised and mistrusted minority and as implacable anti-Communists. The defiance takes its toll as the close-knit community is "breaking up, a dying village whose German inhabitants all seek to emigrate. A chilling, far-sighted, and lyrical graveside speech for a sad village in a sad land". 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 a direct 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 copy 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 is a fine copy of the beautifully printed Souvenir Program. This title is a modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All other copies available online are subsequent printings. There is no American Edition. 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 1852421398. Bookseller Inventory # 17326
From the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature!
?[The Passport] has the same clipped prose cadences as Nadirs, this time applied to evoke the trapped mentality of a man so desperate for freedom that he views everything through a temporal lens, like a prisoner staring at a calendar in his cell.??Wall Street Journal
?A swift, stinging narrative, fable-like in its stoic concision and painterly detail.??The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Passport is a beautiful, haunting novel whose subject is a German village in Romania caught between the stifling hopelessness of Ceausescu?s dictatorship and the glittering temptations of the West. Stories from the past are woven together with the problems Windisch, the village miller, faces after he applies for permission to migrate to West Germany. Herta Müller (Herta Mueller) describes with poetic attention the dreams and superstitions, conflicts and oppression of a forgotten region, the Banat, in the Danube Plain. In sparse, poetic language, Muller captures the forlorn plight of a trapped people.
About the Author: Herta Muller was born in Timis, Romania in 1953. A vocal member of the German minority, she was forced to leave the country in 1987, and moved to Berlin, where she still lives. This edition of The Passport was the first publication of Muller's work in English. She is the 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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