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Father Telephoned the Fly

Collage Herta Müller
Translated from the German by Alexander Booth

Once again Anton is standing in front of the house with his old spoon in hand and eating the snow from the windowsill. Yesterday while eating the snow there was a tiny piece of bread tied to his hat and at the same time in a very high voice he sang and his breath took off like a parrot fleeing  [...]

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Issue 24



Spring 2016


Herta Müller was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature for her work exposing oppressive Romanian life under Nicolae Ceasescu’s dictatorship. English translations of her novels include The Hunger Angel, The Appointment, and Land of Green Plums (all Picador).


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