Norman Manea is Francis Flournoy Professor of European Culture and writer in residence at Bard College. The most recent of his novels translated into English is The Black Envelope. His forthcoming book, A Hooligan’s Return, will be published later this year. (February 2000)

Herta Müller’s Nobel

The Swedish Academy’s selection of Romanian-German writer Herta Müller for this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature occasioned surprise in the United States, where Müller is little known. But in Romania, reactions have been strong—and ambivalent.

Made in Romania

The last time I saw Saul Steinberg was a year ago, in February. I had invited him and his friend Prudence to dinner, along with two women friends of mine from Milan, a city to which he felt close ties. A few days later, to thank us, he sent my …