The Passport

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The Passport (German: Der Mensch ist ein großer Fasan auf der Welt) is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Müller, published in German in 1986.[1] The German title (literally, "Man is a great pheasant in the world") refers to a saying in Romania. The novel, one of several for which the author was known when winning the Nobel in 2009,[2] tells the story of a village miller in a German-speaking village in the Banat in Romania, who applies for permission to emigrate to West Germany. The novel was published in English by Serpent's Tail in 1989,[3] the first of Müller's novels to be offered in direct translation.[4]



  1. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Literature 2009 - Bio-bibliography". The Official Website of the Nobel Prize. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Author of The Passport, The Appointment and Travelling on One Leg, Herta Mueller, wins Nobel Prize for Literature". The Herald Sun. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2011. She is known for her books The Passport, The Appointment, and Travelling on One Leg. 
  3. ^ Müller, Herta (9 October 2009). "Extract from The Passport by Herta Müller". The Guardian. London. 
  4. ^ Holland, Jessica (9 November 2009). "The Passport by Herta Müller". London: The Observer. Retrieved 21 April 2011.