The Appointment: A Novel

Macmillan, 07.09.2002 - 224 Seiten
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From the winner of the IMPAC Award, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in the most intimate reaches of her life

"I've been summoned. Thursday, ten sharp." Thus begins one day in the life of a young clothing-factory worker during Ceaucescu's totalitarian regime. She has been questioned before; this time, she believes, will be worse. Her crime? Sewing notes into the linings of men's suits bound for Italy. "Marry me," the notes say, with her name and address. Anything to get out of the country.

As she rides the tram to her interrogation, her thoughts stray to her friend Lilli, shot trying to flee to Hungary, to her grandparents, deported after her first husband informed on them, to Major Albu, her interrogator, who begins each session with a wet kiss on her fingers, and to Paul, her lover, her one source of trust, despite his constant drunkenness. In her distraction, she misses her stop to find herself on an unfamiliar street. And what she discovers there makes her fear of the appointment pale by comparison.

Herta Müller pitilessly renders the humiliating terrors of a crushing regime. Bone-spare and intense, The Appointment confirms her standing as one of Europe's greatest writers.


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The ending symbolizes yet another betrayal.. - Goodreads
It has poetry, great imagery, but no plot. - Goodreads
But her plot is sluggish to say the least. - Goodreads
Her writing is incredibly vivid. - Goodreads
The plot however, was lacking. - Goodreads
The prose are poetic. - Goodreads

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Nutzerbericht  - Brett Curran - Goodreads

Couldnt wait to be unburdoned from this book, unfortunately a waste of my time ! Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Paul - Goodreads

Abandonable beginning, I fell into it at page 50. I've flogged the beast before, but quality, literarily rational translators are few. The unhinging's on ~20-to-go, though i' 's a'right. 2.7.8? Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Herta Muller is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the European Literature Prize. She is the author of, among other books, The Hunger Angel and The Land of Green Plums . Born in Romania in 1953, Muller 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.

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