HERTA MUELLER was born as part of a German-speaking minority in Romania in 1953. She attended school and university in Timisoara.
After refusing to work for the Romanian Secret Service, the Securitate, she lost her job as a translator in a machine factory.
In 1987, she emigrated to Germany and has lived in Berlin ever since. She writes in German and has a string of literary prizes
to her name, including the Aspekte Literature Prize (1984), the Kleist Prize (1994), the Prix Aristeion (1995), the Konrad
Adenauer prize for literature (2004), the Nobel Prize in Literature (2009) and the Heinrich Boell Prize from the city of Cologne