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'Traveling on One Leg' is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Mller, published in German in 1989 by Rotbuch Verlag. An English translation was made available in 1998.

The protagonist Irene is a German-speaking woman in her mid-thirties who has just emigrated from Romania to West Germany and starts living in Berlin in the second half of the 1980s. 'Traveling on One Leg' explores the themes of exile, homeland, and identity, and the protagonist's unsuccessful acquaintance or relationship with three different men.William Ferguson, [https://www.nytimes.com/books/99/02/21/bib/990221.rv112146.html TRAVELING ON ONE LEG By Herta Mller], in: 'nytimes.com', 21 February 1999

Irene seeks to escape her traumatisation by creating a collage from newspaper clippings. By the creative process she experiments on what a fluid subjectivity might feel like. Irene can only live in the here and now by denying that she wishes to understand her life and keep in control. So the collage's dynamics between design and serendipity attract her attention and provide some kind of consolation.Brigid Haines: The unforgettable forgotten. The traces of trauma in Herta Mllers 'Reisende auf einem Bein', in: 'German life and letters', 55 (2002), 3, pp. 266281.

Published after Mller's emigration to Germany, it is cited in 2010's 'History of the Literary Cultures of East Central Europe', along with 'Der Teufel sitzt im Spiegel' and 'The Land of Green Plums', as drawing attention to her work in the West. The novel, one of several for which the author was known when winning the Nobel in 2009, was published in English in 1998 by Hydra Books/Northwestern University Press, translated by Valentina Glajar and Andr Lefevere.


* 1990 'Rejsende p et ben', translated into Danish by Nanna Thirup

* 1991 'Resande p ett ben', translated into Swedish by Karin Lfdahl

* 1992 'Reizigster op n been: roman', translated into Dutch by Gerda Meijerink

* 1993 'In viaggio su una gamba sola', translated into Italian by Lidia Castellani

* 1993 ' ', translated into Greek by Katerina Chatz

* 1998 'Traveling on one leg', translated into English by Valentina Glajar and Andr Lefevere

* 2010 'Cltorie ntr-un picior', translated into Romanian by Corina Bernic

* 2010 '', together with 'Die Welt ist ein groer Fasan', translated into Chinese by Min Chen und Ni A

* 2013 'Tek bacakl yolcu', translated into Turkish by alar Tanyeri

* 2015 ' ', translated into Macedonian by Boban Zdravkovski Andreevski

Further reading

* Lyn Marven: So fremd war das Gebilde: The Interaction between Visual and Verbal in Herta Mllers Prose and Collages, in: 'Herta Mller', herausgegeben von Brigid Haines und Lyn Marven, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2013, , pp. 135152. [http://scans.hebis.de/HEBCGI/show.pl?31889661_toc.pdf Table of contents]

* Moray McGowan: Stadt und Schdel, Reisende, and Verlorene. City, self, and survival in Herta Mllers 'Reisende auf einem Bein', in: 'Herta Mller', Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013, pp. 6483.

* Morwenna Symons: Intertextual Inhabitations of the Foreign: 'Reisende auf einem Bein', in: 'Room for Manoeuvre. The Role of Intertext in Elfriede Jelineks Die Klavierspielerin', Gnter Grasss Ein weites Feld, and Herta Mllers Niederungen and Reisende auf einem Bein'. London, Maney Publishing, for the Modern Humanities Research Association and the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, 2005, , pp. 133155. [http://www.ub.unibas.ch/tox/HBZ/HT015263615/PDF Table of contents]

* Brigid Haines und Margaret Littler: Herta Mller, 'Reisende auf einem Bein' (1989), in: 'Contemporary womens writing in German. Changing the subject', Oxford University Press, Oxford 2004, pp. 99117.

* Brigid Haines: The unforgettable forgotten. The traces of trauma in Herta Mllers 'Reisende auf einem Bein', in: 'German life and letters', 55 (2002), 3, pp. 266281.

* Brigid Haines: Leben wir im Detail. Herta Mllers micro-politics of resistance, in: 'Herta Mller', herausgegeben von Brigid Haines, University of Wales Press, Cardiff 1998, , pp. 109125.


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