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Herta Müller

  • Who can take a single step with his head?

  • World world sister world / When shall I tire of you. / When my bread is dry / When my hand forgets my glass / When the coffin's boxed me in / Maybe that's when I'll be tired of you.

  • I wanted to get out of our thimble of a town, where every stone had eyes.

  • What can be said about chronic hunger. Perhaps that there's a hunger that can make you sick with hunger. That it comes in addition to the hunger you already feel. That there is a hunger which is always new, which grows insatiably, which pounces on the never-ending old hunger that already took such effort to tame. How can you face the world if all you can say about yourself is that you're hungry.

  • No words are adequate for the suffering caused by hunger. To this day I have to show hunger that I escaped his grasp. ... For sixty years, ever since I came back from the camp, I have been eating against starvation.

  • Fear is merciless.

Herta Müller, German-Romanian writer, poet, Nobel winner

(1953)