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German Writer Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Herta Müller, a Romanian-born author who writes in German and has lived in Germany since 1987, is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy announced this morning. Ms. Müller, who is 56 and who fled censorship and political repression in Ceausescu-ruled Romania, was honored for depicting “the landscape of the dispossessed” with “the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose.” She is the author of nearly two dozen novels, short-story collections, and books of essays and of poetry since the early 1980s, and several are available in English translation, including Nadirs from the University of Nebraska Press and The Land of Green Plums from Northwestern University Press. The prize, worth about $1.4-million this year, will be presented at a ceremony in December. Nobel Prizes in medicine, physics, and chemistry were announced earlier this week; up tomorrow is the peace prize.

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