The Appointment

The Appointment

A Novel

Book - 2001
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From the winner of the IMPAC Award and the Nobel Prize, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in the most intimate reaches of her life

"I've been summoned. Thursday, ten sharp." Thus begins one day in the life of a young clothing-factory worker during Ceaucescu's totalitarian regime. She has been questioned before; this time, she believes, will be worse. Her crime? Sewing notes into the linings of men's suits bound for Italy. "Marry me," the notes say, with her name and address. Anything to get out of the country.

As she rides the tram to her interrogation, her thoughts stray to her friend Lilli, shot trying to flee to Hungary, to her grandparents, deported after her first husband informed on them, to Major Albu, her interrogator, who begins each session with a wet kiss on her fingers, and to Paul, her lover, her one source of trust, despite his constant drunkenness. In her distraction, she misses her stop to find herself on an unfamiliar street. And what she discovers there makes her fear of the appointment pale by comparison.

Herta Müller pitilessly renders the humiliating terrors of a crushing regime. Bone-spare and intense, The Appointment confirms her standing as one of Europe's greatest writers.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2001
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780805060126
Branch Call Number: FIC Mull
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Boehm, Philip
Hulse, Michael 1955-

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Sep 21, 2016

Unrelenting blackness and despair in a life without privacy or happiness. In the end, the unnamed narrator is betrayed. The only response is madness.

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