Nadirs (autobiography)

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Author Herta Müller
Original title Niederungen
Translator Sieglinde Lug
Country Germany
Language German
Genre Short story, autobiography
Publisher University of Nebraska Press (US)
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 118 p. (paperback edition)
ISBN 978-0-8032-8254-4 (paperback edition)

Nadirs is a collection of largely autobiographical short stories by Romanian-German writer and Nobel laureate Herta Müller. The stories center on life in the Romanian countryside [1] and the violent, oppressive atmosphere of Romania in the mid-20th century.


  • The Funeral Sermon
  • The Swabian Bath
  • My Family
  • Nadirs
  • Rotten Pears
  • Oppressive Tango
  • The Window
  • The Man with the Matchbox
  • Village Chronicle
  • About German Mustaches and Hair Parts
  • The Intervillage Bus
  • Mother, Father, and the Little One
  • The Street Sweepers
  • Black Park
  • Workday


  1. ^ Fischer, Tibor (24 October 2009). "The Passport and Nadirs by Herta Müller". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 April 2011.