By Norman Manea
Norman Manea, Romania's most renowned modern writer, two times has survived the grip of totalitarian regimes. No stranger to exile, he mines its complexities and disorientations during this terribly compelling novel, The Lair. Exile within the motherland and clear of it's the shared plight of his protagonists. Nowhere at domestic, they go through their lives in a continuing, ever-elusive quest for nationwide and person id. Manea's characters search a spot and a voice in the United States, purely to find that the shackles in their local totalitarian and nationalist ideologies are most unlikely to break.
Manea's topics and narrative method are elaborate: his type fluctuates in correspondence with the instability of his characters' lives, his tale is encased inside of an complex community of allusions and paradoxes. but in the middle of the novel's overriding disorientation, the writer establishes intersections and uncovers the common. during the predicaments of his perpetual outsiders, he bargains a poignant overview of the conflicts of the person within the age of globalization. He writes with unequalled depth and a special sensitivity to the human tragicomedy
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Gora hoped to understand, gradually, what he couldn’t understand previously. Could Mynheer Gapar become in America what everyone had said he was, after all? Some years back, Peter, who was then a senior in high school, suddenly found himself on a visit to relatives in the capital. Tall, pale, furrowed, and burdened with a mission disproportionately heavy for his age. He had only a few hours to go before the return train. He’d traveled overnight from the western corner of the country, for this bizarre family reunion, to relate what had happened to his father, or to warn his relatives about the consequences that could befall them.
They were growing wild strawberries and grapes here, corn, tobacco. ” Lev or Lyova listens, silently. He doesn’t ask anything, seemingly uninterested in the gregarious passenger. He drives slowly, relaxed, atypical for the New York taxi driver. He stops at 34th Street in front of the station, simultaneously turning off the engine and the meter. ” The passenger rummages through his pants pockets: first the one, then the other. Next, his jacket. The two pockets of his pants, four of his jacket. He stammers; he doesn’t stammer.
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