Valentina Glajar (Texas State University) invites to the virtual launch of her book „The Secret Police Dossier of Herta Müller. A “File Story” of Cold War Surveillance”.
The in-depth investigation of the Romanian secret police’s file on Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, re-creates a “file story” of her surveillance and engages also with other related files, including that of her then-husband, the writer Richard Wagner.
Glajar treats the files as primary sources in order to re-create the story of Müller’s surveillance by the Securitate. In such an intrusive culture of surveillance, surviving the system often meant a certain degree of entanglement: for victims, collaborators, and implicated subjects alike.