Oskar Pastior © gezett
Oskar Pastior (1927–2006) was born in Hermannstadt (Sibiu) and was a member of the German minority in Romania. In 1945, as a seventeen-year-old, he was deported to Donbass in the Soviet Union for four years’ forced labour, a story told in Herta Müller’s novel The Hunger Angel. Pastior’s first book of poems was published in Bucharest in 1964. In 1968 he escaped to the West and lived and worked in Berlin as a freelance writer from 1969.