Book review: The Fox Was Ever The Hunter
The Nobel Prize-winning writer's recently translated early novel is consistent with her literary indictment of fascist forces
Herta Müller’s fiction is fluent in the psychosis characteristic of repressed people. The German-Romanian author circumvents the limitations of language to express the surreal desolation of the citizens of a totalitarian state. While her body of work is a ceaseless literary indictment of fascist forces during the Cold War period—essentially Nicolae Ceausescu and Joseph Stalin’s regimes—it is also largely autobiographical, claiming restitution for decades of forced silence.
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