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The Land of Green Plums

(1995)
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Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel
Like the narrator of her novel The Land of Green Plums, Herta Muller grew up a German minority in Ceausescu's Romania, which she eventually left to settle in Germany. Her own experience lends credibility to the voice of her young narrator, who inhabits a deprived police state in which minorities such as the ethnic Germans suffer persecution beyond the quotidian oppressions of Ceausescu's regime. The title refers to the young woman's observations of the swaggering policemen who wolf down plums from the city trees, even while they're still green; the act serves as a symbol of greed, arbitrary power and stupidity. Although an element of the story is survival, achieved by clinging to the German culture and language, the novel also confronts the older characters' sympathy with the Nazis. Nevertheless, Muller's fictional heroine finds salvation, as she herself did, in modern Germany. --Alex Freeman

    

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Hardback Editions

November 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Land of Green Plums: A Novel
Author(s): Herta Muller
ISBN: 0-8050-4295-4 / 978-0-8050-4295-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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Paperback Editions

September 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Land of Green Plums
Author(s): Herta Muller
ISBN: 1-86207-260-4 / 978-1-86207-260-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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November 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Land of Green Plums, The: A Novel
Author(s): Herta Muller
ISBN: 0-312-42994-0 / 978-0-312-42994-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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December 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Land of Green Plums
Author(s): Herta Muller
ISBN: 0-8101-1597-2 / 978-0-8101-1597-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
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July 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Land of Green Plums
Author(s): Herta Muller
ISBN: 1-86207-227-2 / 978-1-86207-227-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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