German author Herta Mueller wins Nobel literary prize

German author Herta Mueller has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, the academy in Stockholm has announced.

The Romanian-born writer follows last year's French winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, while British writer Doris Lessing won in 2007.

Mueller, born in 1953, is renowned for her depiction of the harsh conditions under Nicolae Ceausescu's regime.

She said she was "stunned and still cannot believe it".

The Swedish academy praised Mueller for both her poetry and prose.

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