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The Land of Green Plums: A Novel (urspr publ 1994; utgåvan 2010)

av Herta Müller (Författare)

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Set in Romania at the height of Ceauescu's reign of terror, The Land of Green Plums tells the story of a group of young people who leave the impoverished province for the city in search of better prospects and camaraderie. But their hopes are ravaged, because the city, no less than the countryside, bears everywhere the mark of the dictatorship's corrosive touch. All the narrator's friends—teachers and students of vaguely dissident allegiance—betray her, do away with themselves, or both. As they do so, we see the way the totalitarian state comes to inhabit every human realm and how everyone, even the strongest, must either bend to the oppressors or resist them and thereby perish. Herta Müller, herself a survivor of Ceausescu's police state, speaks from intimate experience. Scene by scene, in language at once harsh and poetic, she constructs a devastating picture of a society and a generation ruined by fear. In simple images of hieroglyphic power—policeman filling their pockets and mouths with green plums; girls sleeping with abattoir workers for bags of offal; a docile proletariat making things no one wants—"tin sheep and wooden watermelons"—Müller anatomizes a country and its citizens and the corruption that has rotted the core of both.… (mer)
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Titel:The Land of Green Plums: A Novel
Författare:Herta Müller (Författare)
Info:Picador (2010), Edition: First, 272 pages
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Gritty and determined writing, delivered in short bursts, this novel shows the paranoia and restricted knowledge that plagued Romania under Ceaușescu. A brilliant story, if dark, and an important historical narrative that resonates in parts of the world today. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
Read 2018. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 15, 2020 |
The literature of oppression is vast and, tragically, seems to emerge from just about any country where humans exert power over other humans. The Eastern European Communist dictatorships of the latter half of the 20th century have yielded an especially rich harvest of such literature, possibly because the variety of tyranny exercised in those countries was particularly brutal and organized, and because many of those struggling under the thumb of these repressive regimes were literate and highly educated. For those of us living in an open society, this literature provides a frightening but fascinating glimpse into a time and place thankfully remote from our own experience. In her novel The Land of the Green Plums Herta Müller writes about life in Ceausescu's Romania. The loosely structured autobiographical story follows the struggles of a group of young Romanians of ethnic German origin to find work and survive in a country where every aspect of life is controlled by the government and everyone operates under the watchful eye of the Securitate, the Romanian secret police, and its vast network of spies. The unnamed female narrator works as a translator in a factory. She lives in a communal arrangement with other young women, one of whom is Lola. The deprivations suffered by the Romanian people are well documented. Ceausescu's government, increasingly inward-looking and seeking to establish a program of national self-sufficiency, paid off its massive foreign debt, but in the process impoverished its citizens and crippled the economy. With few goods being produced and imported, shops were virtually empty and food hard to come by. Romanians had to find ways to feed themselves and their families using whatever means were at hand. In Müller’s novel, Lola trades sexual favours in exchange for animal offal, which she hoards in the communal refrigerator. Lola also keeps a diary—a dangerous act of defiance in a country where any form of self-expression is frowned upon and regarded as treasonous—and when she succumbs to despair and kills herself, the narrator finds the diary hidden in her (the narrator’s) suitcase. The remainder of the novel describes in episodic fashion the struggles of the narrator and her friends Kurt, Georg, and Edgar as they attempt to evade the scrutiny of the Securitate and make plans to emigrate to Germany. The novel is narrated in a consistently flat and emotionally detached voice, one that reports all events—the mundane and the horrific—in a monotonously ironic tone. The effect of this is to heighten the tension, but it also leaves the reader somewhat on the outside looking in. It's possible this is what the author intends. Ceausescu's Romania was a nightmare for those who lived through it. Depicting that nightmare literally would result in an unrelentingly grim and distressing work of fiction. The ironic distance that Müller introduces between her reader and the story she is telling makes The Land of the Green Plums easier to digest, but the cost of irony is emotional depth. By telling her story in this fashion, Müller keeps the reader at arms length from the action. Reading the book is a bit like viewing the world it seeks to evoke through the wrong end of a telescope. You can see most of what's happening and you'll probably catch the gist, but some of the detail is fuzzy and you can't always tell what people are feeling. In the end, The Land of the Green Plums is a challenging novel and well worth reading, but one that appeals more strongly to the intellect than the emotions. ( )
  icolford | Nov 18, 2017 |
...QUESTA STORIA ANDAVA RACCONTATA. (e letta). ( )
  downisthenewup | Aug 17, 2017 |
With a quiet and unassuming style, the claustrophobically atmospheric novel leaves a lot of words unspoken between its obsessive, persistent imagery and motifs, its fragmented and indirect prose, evocative of the fear and subterfuge and uncertainty of life in a police state/post-WWII Romania. Haunting.

Stylistically not for everyone, the book is also an important history lesson on the totalitarian regime in Romania, an aftermath of WWII on the Eastern bloc. ( )
  kitzyl | Jun 12, 2017 |
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Ms. Muller's vision of a police state manned by plum thieves reads like a kind of fairy tale on the mingled evils of gluttony, stupidity and brutality.
 

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Set in Romania at the height of Ceauescu's reign of terror, The Land of Green Plums tells the story of a group of young people who leave the impoverished province for the city in search of better prospects and camaraderie. But their hopes are ravaged, because the city, no less than the countryside, bears everywhere the mark of the dictatorship's corrosive touch. All the narrator's friends—teachers and students of vaguely dissident allegiance—betray her, do away with themselves, or both. As they do so, we see the way the totalitarian state comes to inhabit every human realm and how everyone, even the strongest, must either bend to the oppressors or resist them and thereby perish. Herta Müller, herself a survivor of Ceausescu's police state, speaks from intimate experience. Scene by scene, in language at once harsh and poetic, she constructs a devastating picture of a society and a generation ruined by fear. In simple images of hieroglyphic power—policeman filling their pockets and mouths with green plums; girls sleeping with abattoir workers for bags of offal; a docile proletariat making things no one wants—"tin sheep and wooden watermelons"—Müller anatomizes a country and its citizens and the corruption that has rotted the core of both.

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