The Secret Police Dossier of Herta Müller
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256 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

33 color illus.

Series: Culture and Power in German-Speaking Europe, 1918-1989

Series Vol. Number: 2

Imprint: Camden House

The Secret Police Dossier of Herta Müller

A “File Story” of Cold War Surveillance

by Valentina N. Glajar

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An in-depth investigation of the Romanian secret police's file on Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, re-creating a "file story" of her surveillance.
"Herta Müller should share her Nobel with the Securitate." This comment by a former officer in the Romanian secret police, or Securitate, was in reaction to hearing that Müller, a German writer originally from Romania, had won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Communist Romania's infamous secret police was indeed a protagonist in Müller's work, though an undesired and dreaded one: most of her writings are deeply and explicitly anchored in Ceaușescu's Romania and her own traumatic experiences with the Securitate. Müller's file traces her surveillance from 1983 until after she emigrated to West Germany in 1987. She has written extensively in reaction to reading her file, but primarily addresses its gaps, begging the question what information the file does in fact contain.
This book is an in-depth investigation of Müller's file, and engages with other related files, including that of her then-husband, the writer Richard Wagner. Valentina Glajar treats the files as primary sources in order to re-create the story of Müller's surveillance by the Securitate. In such an intrusive culture of surveillance, surviving the system often meant a certain degree of entanglement: for victims, collaborators, and implicated subjects alike. Veiled in secrecy for decades, these compelling and complex documents shed light on a boundary between victims and perpetrators as porous as the Iron Curtain itself.
Preface
List of Terms and Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Filed Story of Niederungen
Chapter 2: Contact Stories: The Author and the Officer
Chapter 3: Conspiratorial Stories: The Securitate Sources MAYER, SORIN, and EVA
Chapter 4: Captured Stories: Remote Audio Surveillance
Chapter 5: Migrating Stories
Epilogue
Bibliography
Appendix I: Müller's Surveillance Timeline (1974-1993)
Appendix II: Author's Accreditation by CNSAS
Index

VALENTINA GLAJAR is Professor of German at Texas State University.

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Title Details

256 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

33 color illus.

Series: Culture and Power in German-Speaking Europe, 1918-1989

Series Vol. Number: 2

Imprint: Camden House