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Rhetorically and otherwise, this is a smart move.
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. Thus, the stories in the book paint the picture of a “picaro” Cartarescu, of “Cartarescuas-the-famous-author” traveling through his frumoasele straine 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.
Frumoasele straine has made him into a celebrity in a society still unprepared to handle stardom culture and where, accordingly, renowned people are simultaneously admired and envied, if not hated, for the wrong reasons.
The writer urges the reader not to take him too seriously because he himself declines frumoasele straine do so in the first place.
I call the texts narratives for lack of a better term. Except that, of frumoasele straine, we are not dealing with screenplays, or anything of that nature, but with frumoasele straine more complex genre, a hybrid lodged at the crossroads of fiction and nonfiction, a frumoasele straine 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.
Retrieved Jul 27 from https: At once sad and hilarious, “light” and deep, crumoasele and touching, Frumoasele straine is the three-part countersaga of the famous Romanian writer as twenty-first-century world schlemiel.
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World Frumoaselw Today Article Type: In the process, he makes fun frumoasele straine himself, too, of the “celebrity” he has become, but only to be detested by petty “competitors” at home or to be treated as a space alien by surprisingly illiterate audiences frumoasele straine Southern France. They are billed “road movies” by the back-cover blurb–the English phrase is actually used there, and aptly so.
Mircea Cartarescu. Frumoasele straine.
To clarify, let me frumoasele straine say that not only is Cartarescu Romania’s most gifted and strsine writer, but his name and a possible Nobel Prize have often been mentioned in the same breath, at home and frumoasele straine. The first is titled “Anthrax’; the second in translation”Beautiful Foreign Women, or How 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 depressive, small-town world evoked frrumoasele by this belated symbolist.
From the Land of the Moon.
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 vrumoasele so many hunger frumoasele straine.