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Retrieved Jul frumoasele straine from https: From the Land of the Moon. The writer urges the reader not to take him too seriously because he himself declines to do so in the first place.

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The first is titled “Anthrax’; the second in translation”Beautiful Foreign Women, or Srtaine I Was 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 belated symbolist.

What unifies the two worlds, we discover, is the Kafkaesque absurd of the incidents frumoasele straine from ignorance and cultural misunderstanding.

At once sad and hilarious, “light” and deep, critical and touching, Frumoasele straine is the three-part countersaga of the famous Romanian writer as twenty-first-century world schlemiel. I call the texts narratives for lack of a better frumoasele straine. In the process, he makes fun of himself, too, of the “celebrity” he has become, but only to be detested by petty “competitors” at home or to be frumoasele straine as a space alien by surprisingly illiterate audiences in Southern France.

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Mar 1, Words: This has made him into a celebrity in a society still unprepared to frumoasele straine stardom frumoasele straine and where, accordingly, renowned people are simultaneously admired and envied, if not hated, for the wrong reasons. But, because the protagonist of the stories is Cartarescu himself–or “Cartarescu,” rather, the author’s fictional alter ego–this satire has a self-satiric or, more exactly, self-deprecating component.

World Literature Today Article Type: Indeed, Kafka–a “soft” one, a “Kafka a la Roumaine–is at home both in the frumoasele straine “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. To clarify, let me just say that not only is Cartarescu Romania’s frumoasele straine gifted and famous writer, but his name and a possible Nobel Prize have often been mentioned in the same breath, at home and abroad.

Thus, the stories in the book paint the picture of a “picaro” Cartarescu, of frumoasele straine 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.


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Except that, of course, we are not dealing with screenplays, or anything of that nature, but with a frumoasele straine complex genre, a hybrid lodged at the crossroads of fiction and nonfiction, a sort of slightly fictionalized travel narrative where realistic observation and self-observation, on the one hand, and cultural commentary, on the other, combine into biting, well-aimed satire. Frumoasele straine are billed “road movies” by the back-cover blurb–the English phrase is actually used there, and aptly so.