The Fox Was Ever the Hunter: A Novel Review


  • Romania―the last months of the Ceausescu regime. Adina is a young schoolteacher. Paul is a musician. Clara works in a wire factory. Pavel is Clara’s lover. But one of them works for the secret police and is reporting on the rest of the group.
    One day Adina returns home to discover that her fox fur rug has had its tail cut off. On another occasion it’s the hindleg. Then a foreleg. The mutilated fur is a sign that she is being tracked by the secret police―the fox was ever the hunter. Images of photographic precision combine into a kaleidoscope of terror as Adina and her friends struggle to keep mind and body intact in a world pervaded by complicity and permeated with fear, where it’s hard to tell victim from perpetrator. And once again, Herta Müller uses language that displays the “concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose”―as the Swedish Academy noted upon awarding her the Nobel Prize―to create a hauntingly cinematic portrayal of the corruption of the soul under totalitarianism.

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“I found this to be a tedious book. I know quite a bit about Romania which is why I picked it up. But her style is simply not for me.
A brief except “The ant has the head of a pin, the sun can’t find any place to burn. The sun stings. The ant loses its way.”
If pages like this appeal to you, read on. I found it boring.” By Michael Schick

“Arresting tale of post WW2 life behind the Iron Curtain. Interesting insight as life as seen through the eyes of a young woman during those unreal and bizarre years.” By Richard Strube

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Product Details

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Metropolitan Books (May 10, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805093028
ISBN-13: 978-0805093025
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 23.1 x 215.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,991 in Books