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LETTER FROM BERLIN

Heiner Müller

IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INTERVIEW with Brigitte Mayer, her face is suddenly frozen. Rather than her voice we hear a professional reader reciting a poem of Heiner Müller’s about a beautiful woman’s neck and cheeks—perhaps those of Brigitte Mayer, Müller’s widow and executor of his literary estate? As vulgar as such televisual machinations may be, the broadcast demonstrates the continued public fascination with the dead author, his young widow, and his two-year-old daughter. A year and a half after his death, Müller remains the most conspicuous and certainly the only figure in the literary industry of the Federal Republic who is read in both the East and the West.

Linked to a world-historical, Hegelian version of communism yet given (especially in his last years) to citing the right-wing author Ernst Jünger as a reference point for his postcommunist thinking, Müller was one of the few writers

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