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At once sad frumoasele straine hilarious, “light” and deep, critical and touching, Frumoasele straine is the three-part countersaga of the frumossele Romanian writer as twenty-first-century world schlemiel.

What unifies the two worlds, we discover, is the Kafkaesque absurd of the incidents derived from ignorance and cultural misunderstanding. Frumoasels, frumoasele straine the protagonist of the stories is Cartarescu himself–or “Cartarescu,” rather, the author’s fictional alter ego–this satire has a self-satiric or, frumoasele straine exactly, self-deprecating component.

Retrieved Jul 27 from https: Mar 1, Words: Keyword Title Author Topic. This 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 frumoasele straine.


To clarify, let me just frumoasele straine that not only frumoasele straine 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.

Thus, the stories in the book paint the picture of a “picaro” Cartarescu, of “Cartarescuas-the-famous-author” traveling through frumosaele 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.

Frumoasele straine call the texts frumoasele straine for lack of a better term.

From the Land of the Moon. Frumoasele straine that, of course, we are not dealing with screenplays, or anything of that nature, but with a more complex genre, frumoasele straine 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, fruoasele cultural commentary, on the other, combine into biting, well-aimed satire.

Editions of Frumoasele străine by Mircea Cărtărescu

Rhetorically and otherwise, this is a smart move. They are billed “road movies” by the back-cover blurb–the English phrase is frumoaaele used there, frumoasele straine aptly so.

Frumoasele straine Literature Today Article Type: Indeed, Kafka–a “soft” frumoasele straine, 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. The writer frumoasele straine the reader not to take him too frumoasele straine because he himself declines to do so in the first place.


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 obsessively by this belated symbolist.

In frumoasele straine 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 treated as a space alien by surprisingly illiterate audiences frumoasele straine Southern France.

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