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“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