A brooding, fog-shrouded allegory of life under the long oppression of the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.
New York Times
Nobody since Arthur Koestler in the 1940s has written more intelligently or with such subtle precision about life under totalitarianism ... Müller has an exceptionally rare talent - to turn the terrifying, the distorted and the hideously ugly into something uplifting and beautiful
Herta Muller is a passionate artist of protest.
Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
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