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Muller, Herta; Mueller, Herta (Translated by Michael Hulse and Philip Boehm). THE APPOINTMENT. New York City, NY: Metropolitan Books, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 214 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's third novel to be translated into English. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in an extremely small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The book is now rare. Tells the grim story of a woman "repeatedly summoned by Major Albu, a government flunky intent on determining whether she is a traitor to the state. Her crime? Sewing handwritten notes into the pockets of the men's slacks she makes at her factory job, listing her name and contact information, and imploring the purchaser to marry her so that she can flee the repressive Ceaucescu regime" (Eleanor J. Bader). "Hers is the voice of a world forever slipping into a vertigo of silent rage while desperately trying to be human, a world which confused kindness with cruelty because it has already confused good with evil" (Andre Aciman). Awarded the Nobel Prize on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism, "the Committee has recognized an author who refuses to let the inhumane side of life under Communism be forgotten". There is an underlying message here that has been completely glossed over by the press: Milan Kundera, often nominated for the Prize, is probably never going to get it. Whereas Muller has been steadfast in her anti-Communist stance from the beginning (and suffered because of it), Kundera's personal history has been problematic: He was once a member of the Communist Party and he was once probably a spy. Kundera's famous statement, "The condemnation of totalitarianism doesn't deserve a novel", is obviously not shared by the Nobel. A "must-have" title for Herta Muller collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of a handful of copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. The other copy commands $500. A rare copy thus. Winner of The Kleist Prize, the most prestigious prize given to writers in German, in 1994. Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 1998 for "The Land of Green Plums". Winner of the European Literature Prize in 2006. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HERTA MULLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 080506012X. $250.00

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