The Hunger Angel - Herta Muller (Y); Philip Boehm (Paperback) 01-08-2013 Short-listed for Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2013 (UK).
'I know you'll return.' These are his grandmother's last words to him. Leo has them in his head as he boards the truck to Russia one freezing mid-January morning in 1945. They keep him alive - through hunger, pain, and despair - during his time in the Gulag. And, eventually, they will bring him back home. Muller has distilled Leo's struggle into words of breathtaking intensity that take us on a journey far beyond one man's physical travails and into the depths of the human soul.