Comment 01 Nov 17

Herta Müller Made Serbia Look in the Mirror

The furious reaction to the German writer Herta Müller’s forthright statements about Serbia’s recent history says less about her than it does about a culture of denial in a large part of Serbian society.

Michael Martens
BIRN
Belgrade
Muller at the Belgrade Book Fair. Photo: Beta/Aleksandar Dmitrovic

On Sunday, the 62nd Belgrade Book Fair came to an end, and if we were somehow to summarize it, one possible headline could be: Serbia’s capital was hit by a monster.

This at least is an impression that consumers of the Serbian media could have got when following the news these days.

The monster is called Herta Müller, grew up in neighboring Romania and is a Nobel Prize laureate for literature.

Müller was guest of honour at the fair this year, and to introduce her to the residents of the inner circle of Belgrade, a soireé was held at the beginning of the fair in the Yugoslav Drama Theater, JDP.

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