Herta Müller Wins Literature Nobel

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Romanian-born German novelist Herta Müller was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature, praised for her portraits of life behind the Iron Curtain.

Ms. Müller, whose body of work is heavily influenced by her life in Romania under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaucescu, is the 12th woman to win the prize and the first German-speaking author since 2004, when Austrian playwright Elfriede Jelinek was the recipient.

Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy hailed her depictions of "the landscape of the dispossessed" with a "the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose."

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