Herta Mueller, a member of Romania's ethnic German minority who was persecuted for her critical depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday in an award seen as a nod to the 20th anniversary of communism's collapse.
I've not reading any of Mueller's books. She may be a wonderful writer. I also think it is great to celebrate the collapse of communism. But it is no way to choose the winner of a literary prize. I find this especially annoying because last night I read the first half of Torgny Lindgren's In Praise of Truth. I will finish it tonight. I would sit down and finish it right now if I didn't have other things to do. Lindgren is one of the most imaginative and original writers at work today. He does desereve the Nobel - on purely literary grounds.