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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 09/10/2009

The skilled guardian of diaspora culture

"A great day for German Literature," Tilman Spreckelsen comments in delight in the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the news that German-Romanian writer Herta Müller has the Nobel Prize in Literature: "Right up to her latest novel, Atemschaukel [Everything I Possess I Carry With Me], she describes again and again what state repression does to those who are subjected to it. In this respect she resembles Imre Kertész, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature seven years ago. And by awarding Herta Müller this prize the Stockolm Academy is sending a message that could erase the memory of some of the foolish decisions of the past years. It is a tribute to skill and ethics as two sides of the same coin, and not least to a shattered diaspora culture and its most verbally skilled guardian. For this reason too, the Stockholm decision is a great day for German literature."

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