by Cărtărescu, Mircea,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Cartarescu vol. 1
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Cartarescu vol. 1
Mircea Cartarescu's prize-winning, genre-crossing memoir-novel of hallucinatory Bucharest is a bestseller in Romania. Blinding follows the protagonist's childhood and teenaged hospitalisation, his family's migration from Bulgaria the century before, his parents' courtship and the installation of the Communist regime. Personal and political history forms a lush backdrop to an engrossing tale that connects a travelling circus, secret police, zombie armies, American fighter pilots and New Orleanian swamps.
[volume 1.] The left wing = Aripa stângă
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A good sense of time and place is the highlight of this overstuffed novel set in 20th century Romania-volume one of a trilogy that continues with Blinding: The Body and Blinding: The Right Wing. Mircea, a sensitive teenager, spends a great deal of time looking out the window of his bedroom in Bucharest. His father is often away and he feels little attachment to his mother, Maria. The novel's second part depicts Maria as a 15-year-old in 1955 as she leads an impoverished but colorful life. She works as an apprentice tailor, sharing a bed with her 17-year-old sister, Vasilica. The two young women attend inexpensive neighborhood movie theaters as a respite from the long hours they spend sewing. In part three, Mircea is sent to a hospital, where his treatment includes sessions with a blind masseur, and he is brought face-to-face with his fellow patients' suffering. Some of Cartarescu's descriptions are evocative, as when he writes of military officers who are "the quintessence of both Hercule Poirot and the mythological Hercules." But the author is rarely satisfied with one word when he can use a hundred, and his story struggles mightily not to drown in a sea of excess verbiage. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Dreams -- Fiction.
Memory -- Fiction.
Bucharest (Romania) -- Fiction.
Autobiographical fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher Brooklyn, NY :2013
Edition First Archipelago Books edition.
Other Titles Orbitor.
Contributors Cotter, Sean, 1971- translator.
Language English
Notes Translation of: Orbitor.
Description volumes ; 18 cm
ISBN 9781935744849
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