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Shock Nobel Lit win for Herta Mueller

The Nobel Peace prize has become an absolute joke. Long before Obama won the award, the Nobel prize committee had already turned it into a political motivated joke. Now that they have awarded Obama who has already broken all his anti-war campaign promises, the Nobel Peace prize will probably never regain any credibility.

Unlike the Peace prize, the Nobel Literature prize went to someone advocating against communist this year.

Herta Mueller is an ethnic German who grew up in a German speaking village in Transylvania. She is famous for writing about the persecution of ethnic Germans behind the iron curtain.

From Associated Press…

Mueller, 56, made her debut in 1982 with a collection of short stories titled “Niederungen,” or “Nadirs,” depicting the harshness of life in a small, German-speaking village in Romania. It was promptly censored by the communist government.

In 1984 an uncensored version was smuggled to Germany, where it was published and devoured by readers. That work was followed by “Oppressive Tango” in Romania but she was eventually prohibited from publishing inside her country for her criticism of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s rule and its feared secret police, the Securitate.

“The Romanian national press was very critical of these works while, outside of Romania, the German press received them very positively,” the Academy said.

Emilia Marta, a 55-year-old teacher who moved into the house in Romania’s Transylvania Banat region where Mueller was born, said the author has yet to return. The mayor of the 1,600-person village of Nichtidorf said Mueller would be greeted with honors.

“If she will accept this, of course,” Ioan Mascovescu said.

Mueller, whose father served in the Waffen SS during World War II and whose mother spent five years in a Soviet work camp, is the third European in a row to win the prize and the 10th German, joining Guenter Grass in 1999 and Heinrich Boell in 1972.

Though Englund said the award was not timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism, that’s how it was perceived by many observers.

“By giving the award to Herta Mueller, who grew up in a German-speaking minority in Romania, (the committee) has recognized an author who refuses to let the inhumane side of life under communism be forgotten,” said Michael Krueger, head of Mueller’s publisher Hanser Verlag.