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Editions of Frumoasele străine by Mircea Cărtărescu
The first is titled “Anthrax’; the second in translation”Beautiful Foreign Women, or How I Was a Run-of-the-Mill Author”; and frumoasele straine third, frumoasele straine in translation, “Bacovian [Story],” with a reference to Romanian poet George Bacovia and the depressive, small-town world evoked obsessively by this belated symbolist. 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 Frumoasele straine have often been mentioned trumoasele the same breath, at home and abroad.
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But, because the protagonist of the stories is Cartarescu himself–or “Cartarescu,” rather, the frumoasele straine fictional alter ego–this satire has a self-satiric or, more frumoasele straine, self-deprecating component. World Literature Today Article Type: In the process, he makes fun of himself, too, of the “celebrity” he has become, but only to be detested by petty “competitors” at frumoasele straine or to be treated as a space alien by surprisingly illiterate audiences in Southern France.
I call the texts narratives for lack of a better term.
What unifies the two worlds, we discover, is the Kafkaesque absurd of the incidents derived from ignorance and cultural misunderstanding. Frumoasele straine once sad and hilarious, “light” and deep, critical and touching, Frumoasele straine frumoasele straine the three-part countersaga of the famous Romanian writer as twenty-first-century world schlemiel.
Mar 1, Words: They are billed “road movies” by the back-cover blurb–the English phrase is actually used there, and frumoasele straine so. 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.
Except that, of course, we are not dealing with frumoasele straine, or anything of that nature, but with a more frumoasele straine genre, a hybrid lodged at the crossroads of fiction and nonfiction, a fruumoasele 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.
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Thus, the stories in the book paint the picture of a “picaro” Cartarescu, of “Cartarescuas-the-famous-author” frumoasele straine through 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 frumoasele straine gusto. This has made him into a celebrity in a society still unprepared to handle stardom culture and where, accordingly, renowned frumoasele straine are simultaneously admired and envied, if not hated, for the wrong reasons.