Herta Müller is the author of a novel titled “The Appointment”.
It is about a young Romanian woman who has an appointment that she mustkeep.
In 1974, Nicolae Ceaușescu became president of Romania, a socialist republic; but once in power, he chose to run the country as a brutal dictator.
Huerta Müller is Romanian-born. Some of her real life experience living under this ruthless government is woven into the threads of her novel. She lost her teaching job and was threatened regularly by the secret police. Eventually, Ceaușescu was executed by a firing squad in 1989. But by that time Herta Müller had already emigrated to Germany and had chosen to make her home in Berlin. She is a successful writer, who received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature.
“The Appointment” was translated into English and in 2001, the 1st American edition became available. It is a quick intense read (240 pages) that paints a clear picture of what life was like in Communist Romania.