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Once the gleaming "Paris of the East," Bucharest in 1989 is a world of corruption and paranoia, in thrall to the repressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. Old landmarks are falling to demolition crews, grocery shelves are empty, and informants are everywhere. Into this state of crisis, a young British man arrives to take a university post he never interviewed for. He is taken under the wing of Leo OHeix, a colleague and master of the black market, and falls for the sleek Celia, daughter of a party apparatchik. Yet he soon learns that in this society, friendships are compromised, and loyalty is never absolute. And as the regimes authority falters, he finds himself uncomfortably, then dangerously, close to the eye of the storm.

By turns thrilling and satirical, studded with poetry and understated revelation, The Last Hundred Days captures the commonplace terror of Cold War Eastern Europe. Patrick McGuinnesss first novel is unforgettable.

Review:

"Acclaimed poet McGuinness's autobiographical fiction debut blends doomed romance with the police state intrigues of Nicolae Ceausescu's Romania leading up to the 1989 revolution. The unnamed narrator, a young British dropout, is surprised to land a teaching job at the University of Bucharest. Once there, he falls in with Leo O'Heix, a fellow lecturer who runs a sideline supplying luxury goods to the communist elite, and becomes smitten with the enigmatic Cilea, the pampered daughter of a party official. McGuinness, who lived in Bucharest in the 1980s, shines particularly when detailing daily life in this one-time 'Paris of the East,' from Bucharest's aroma of 'petrol fumes' and 'the juice of rubbish bins' to musings about the ordinariness of being followed by the authorities — 'once the clandestine savour has passed, it becomes another of life's minor reassurances.' Ceausescu's Bucharest emerges as if from a sad and mysterious time capsule. There are shortcomings: Cilea, the most interesting character after the city itself, disappears halfway; and Leo's pontifications, including a reading of 'Shelley's Ozyman-descu,' underscore the ironies too heavily. Still, the novel is stylish and of lasting value to readers interested in the twilight of the Eastern Bloc. Agent: Peter Straus, Rogers, Coleridge and White." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Patrick McGuinness was born in Tunisia in 1968 and lived in Bucharest in the years leading up to the Romanian revolution. He is a professor of French and comparative literature at Oxford University and a fellow of St. Anne's College. As a poet, he has won an Eric Gregory Award and Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. His latest collection, Jilted City, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. McGuinness lives between Oxford and North West Wales. His web site is www.patrickmcguinness.org.uk.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781608199129
Author:
Mcguinness, Patrick
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Author:
ck McGuinness
Author:
McGuinness, Patrick
Author:
Patri
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.33 x 5.47 x 1.015 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Acclaimed poet McGuinness's autobiographical fiction debut blends doomed romance with the police state intrigues of Nicolae Ceausescu's Romania leading up to the 1989 revolution. The unnamed narrator, a young British dropout, is surprised to land a teaching job at the University of Bucharest. Once there, he falls in with Leo O'Heix, a fellow lecturer who runs a sideline supplying luxury goods to the communist elite, and becomes smitten with the enigmatic Cilea, the pampered daughter of a party official. McGuinness, who lived in Bucharest in the 1980s, shines particularly when detailing daily life in this one-time 'Paris of the East,' from Bucharest's aroma of 'petrol fumes' and 'the juice of rubbish bins' to musings about the ordinariness of being followed by the authorities — 'once the clandestine savour has passed, it becomes another of life's minor reassurances.' Ceausescu's Bucharest emerges as if from a sad and mysterious time capsule. There are shortcomings: Cilea, the most interesting character after the city itself, disappears halfway; and Leo's pontifications, including a reading of 'Shelley's Ozyman-descu,' underscore the ironies too heavily. Still, the novel is stylish and of lasting value to readers interested in the twilight of the Eastern Bloc. Agent: Peter Straus, Rogers, Coleridge and White." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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