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Retrieved Frumoasele straine 27 from https: To clarify, let me just say that not only is Cartarescu Romania’s most gifted and famous writer, but his name and a possible Nobel Prize have often been mentioned in the same breath, at home and abroad.

I call the texts narratives for lack of a better term. The writer urges the reader not to take him too seriously because he himself declines to do so in the first place. frumoasele straine

What unifies the two worlds, frumoadele discover, is the Kafkaesque absurd of the incidents derived from ignorance and cultural misunderstanding.

The first frumoasele straine titled “Anthrax’; the second in translation”Beautiful Foreign Women, or How I Frumoasele straine a Run-of-the-Mill Author”; and the third, also in translation, “Bacovian [Story],” with a reference to Romanian poet George Bacovia and the frumoasele straine, small-town world evoked obsessively by this frumoasele straine symbolist.


Mar 1, Words: Indeed, Kafka–a “soft” one, a “Kafka a la Roumaine–is at home both in the amusing-grotesque “Anthrax” episode recounted in the opening text as much as in the “French tour” story, where ten Romanian writers are paraded before French audiences like so many hunger artists.

This has made him into a celebrity in a society still unprepared to handle stardom culture and where, accordingly, renowned people frumoasele straine simultaneously admired and envied, if not hated, for the wrong reasons. Except that, of course, we are not dealing with screenplays, or anything of that nature, but with a more complex genre, a hybrid lodged at the crossroads of fiction and nonfiction, frumoasele straine sort of slightly fictionalized travel narrative where realistic observation and self-observation, on the one hand, and cultural commentary, on the other, frumoasele straine into biting, well-aimed satire.

They are billed “road movies” by the back-cover blurb–the English phrase is actually used there, and aptly so. In the frumoasele straine, he makes fun of himself, too, of the “celebrity” he frumoasele straine become, but only to be detested by petty “competitors” at home or to be treated as a space alien by surprisingly illiterate audiences in Southern France.


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From the Land of sttraine Moon. Thus, the stories in the book paint the picture of a “picaro” Cartarescu, frumoasele straine “Cartarescuas-the-famous-author” traveling frumoasele straine his country’s backwater towns Bacovia’s destitute eastern Romania or through cosmopolitan western Europe and running, over and over again, into quasi-surreal situations, which he narrates with comic gusto.

Rhetorically and otherwise, this is a smart move. At once sad and hilarious, “light” and deep, frumowsele and touching, Frumoasele straine is the three-part countersaga of the famous Romanian writer as twenty-first-century world schlemiel.

But, because the protagonist of the stories is Cartarescu himself–or “Cartarescu,” rather, the author’s fictional frumoasele straine ego–this satire has frumoasele straine self-satiric or, more exactly, self-deprecating component.