The Land Of Green Plums
ISBN: 8954612040
EAN13: 9788954612043
Language: Korean
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
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Set in Romania at the height of Ceauescu's reign of terror, The Land of Green Plums tells the story of a group of young people who leave the impoverished province for the city in search of better prospects and camaraderie. But their hopes are ravaged, because the city, no less than the countryside, bears everywhere the mark of the dictatorship's corrosive touch. All the narrator's friends--teachers and students of vaguely dissident allegiance--betray her, do away with themselves, or both. As they do so, we see the way the totalitarian state comes to inhabit every human realm and how everyone, even the strongest, must either bend to the oppressors or resist them and thereby perish.

Herta Muller, herself a survivor of Ceausescu's police state, speaks from intimate experience. Scene by scene, in language at once harsh and poetic, she constructs a devastating picture of a society and a generation ruined by fear. In simple images of hieroglyphic power--policeman filling their pockets and mouths with green plums; girls sleeping with abattoir workers for bags of offal; a docile proletariat making things no one wants--tin sheep and wooden watermelons--Muller anatomizes a country and its citizens and the corruption that has rotted the core of both.

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Highly recommended, especially for those interested in understanding the effects of a government in other countries than the U.K. My book was not protected by Amazon. By the time the book arrived, the packaging had been ripped open, the spine of the book was in tatters, and the pages had an unknown black substance on them. I would have bought a second hand book if I wanted one. My new book is sad and sorry and will arrive at my postal address. It looks like someone is going to harm it, especially since it's the story of the book.
   that the style of writing was actually probably a good way to make the reader understand how chaotic and ...
All members of my book club found this book very hard to read. People stopped early on. It is written in a stream- of- consciousness style with paragraphs that jump from one subject to another and no pattern, and I don't recall any chapter delineations. There is a very dark story about 4 young people living under a tyrant's rule. After finishing the book, I believed that the style of writing was a good way to make the reader understand how chaotic and difficult life was. It is a good read.