'I've been summoned. Thursday morning, ten sharp'. Thus begins the day in the life of a young factory worker in Romania. Her crime? Sewing notes into the linings of men's suits bound for Italy. 'Marry me,' the notes say, with her name and address. As she rides the tram to her interrogation, she considers her life.
Born in Romania in 1953, HERTA MA LLER lost her job as a teacher and suffered repeated threats after refusing to cooperate with Ceausescu's Secret Police. She succeeded in emigrating in 1987 and now lives in Berlin. The recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the European Literature Prize, she also won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for her novel, The Land of Green Plums (published by Granta).