Nobel Prize winner, Herta Muller, says she was not aware is member of Writers Guild: ‘It is absurd theatre’


Romanian born Nobel Prize winner, Herta Muller, says the suspension from the Romanian Writers Guild (USR) is ‘absurd theatre’.

“Are you joking? I didn’t know I am member of the Writers Guild. Nobody asked me if I want to be member and no one announced me I am member. When did this happen? I have never received any request to pay the membership fee,” Herta Muller has told

The writer added that “when I lived in Romania, in 1985 or 1986, I was to become USR member. I made the necessary steps and I depended on William Totok. As he wasn’t admitted, I did not join the URS either. Since then, I’ve had no contact whatsoever with USR. I haven’t expressed my intention to join the guild. How can one define this absurd theatre? Membership, as before (in communism – our note). Anyway, it not democratic,” Herta Muller said.

In reply, Nicolae Manolescu, USR President, says Herta Muller is USR member, the Timisoara branch.

“Currently, she is suspended for not paying the membership fee for years. This means she has no voting rights. That’s all. She did not attend the elections, a week ago. Some USR members volunteered to pay the fee for her, but they can’t do it without her consent. Herta Muller said she is not interested in the guild. The membership fee is RON 150 per year,” Manolescu said.

Herta Muller has been suspended from the Writers Guild because she did not pay her membership fee.

“Herta Muller has never paid her membership fee to the Writers Guild. She is a member of the Timisoara branch, exclusion is out of discussion, this is a false story. After all, she was not excluded from USR during the communism,” writer Mircea Mihaies, representative of the Timisoara Branch in the USR Steering Committee, said a few days ago.

He said that, in the same situation as Herta Muller there are other writers who did not pay the membership fees, such as critic Eugen Simion.

Herta Muller was born on August 17, 1953 in the village of Nitchidorf in the Swabian Banat. She studied German and Romanian at the University of Timisoara, then working as a translator in a factory and as teacher.

The Swedish Academy awarded her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009.


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