- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (2 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184627477X
- ISBN-13: 978-1846274770
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fox Was Ever the Hunter Paperback – 2 Mar 2017
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"A haunting portrayal."--The Washington Post
"Extraordinary . . . A profoundly unsettling novel."--The Times Literary Supplement (London)
"The Fox Was Ever the Hunter is a collage of images, stories and fragments of forbidden songs. . . . When the collage is completed, the reader understands that each and every one of Muller's stories, every flight of luscious language and every brutal fact, has been necessary in depicting a society torn to pieces."--The New York Times
"Reads like poetry . . . The Fox Was Ever the Hunter is a short book, but the way Muller narrates gives it a luminescence, like wet stone seen at night. . . . Of the writers to survive life under the Communist bloc, Muller has written most poignantly about the way surveillance and state control at once necessitated and warped the fabric of love. . . . From the moment she left, Muller has exercised her voice with a fury that vibrates off the page nearly a quarter century later. In this vividly poetic novel, she reminds us what life without that freedom looked, felt, and tasted like."--Boston Globe
"A dark collage, which glints with fear--and with beauty . . . Muller's prose--as poetic as it is blunt--works like a prism, shattering and illuminating a world that is always watching, waiting."--The Atlantic
"Perhaps no author has captured the surreal textures of Iron Curtain paranoia quite like Herta Muller."--Vogue.com (Best Books of the Month)
"This newly translated 1992 novel set during the twilight of Romania's Ceau?escu regime makes vivid the persecution Muller and others suffered. . . . She uses the distinctive language honoured by the Nobel Committee for its 'concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose' to give a powerful sense of the toxic atmosphere of a totalitarian regime."--BBC Culture (UK)
"Atmospheric, lyrical . . . An essential work of post-Iron Curtain literature and a harrowing portrait of life under suspicion."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Offers a bleak and poetic portrait of Romanian village life in the final days of the Ceau?escu regime, where deprivation is ubiquitous, cruelty is standard, and spying is a survival skill. . . . Thickly lyrical and sometimes downright hallucinatory . . . few descriptions of life under totalitarian rule are as beautifully evocative."--Booklist (starred)--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
HERTA MULLER was born as part of a German-speaking minority in Romania in 1953. She attended school and university in Timisoara. After refusing to work for the Romanian Secret Service, the Securitate, she lost her job as a translator in a machine factory. In 1987, she emigrated to Germany and has lived in Berlin ever since. She writes in German and has a string of literary prizes to her name, including the Aspekte Literature Prize (1984), the Kleist Prize (1994), the Prix Aristeion (1995), the Konrad Adenauer prize for literature (2004), the Nobel Prize in Literature (2009) and the Heinrich Boll Prize from the city of Cologne (2015).
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The Hunger Angel is notable for how thoroughly it describes life in a prison camp, and yes, the feeling of being hungry all the time, for weeks and months.
The Fox Was Ever the Hunter has an interesting cast of characters set at a difficult time and in a place rarely described--Romania before the fall of Ceausescu. The book is much more than an ensemble portrayal: I encourage readers to read all the way through the end.
Then you will want to look up a bit of history.
A brief except "The ant has the head of a pin, the sun can't find any place to burn. The sun stings. The ant loses its way."
If pages like this appeal to you, read on. I found it boring.