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Compulsory Happiness (Margellos World Republic of Letters)

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In cool, precise prose, and with an unerring sense of the absurd, the four novellas of Compulsory Happiness create a picture of everyday life in a grotesque police state, expressing terror and hope, fear and solidarity, the humorous triviality of the ordinary, and the painful search for an ideal.

"Norman Manea's four novellas, written during the later Ceausescu years, offer a comparable contrast to other Eastern European dissident writing. Instead of the energetic irony, the ebullient absurdism, the sharp-eyed wit, we find a dreamy disconnection, a voice that shock has lowered, an air of sweetness driven mad."—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

"Mr. Manea's voice is radically new, and we are blessedly awakened and alerted by the demand his fiction makes on our understanding."—Lore Segal, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Norman Manea is Francis Flournoy Professor of European Culture and writer-in-residence at Bard College. A novelist and essayist, he first published in Communist Romania in the 1960s, producing a string of socially critical works that led to his departure in 1986. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages, and he has received many important cultural and literary prizes, including the MacArthur Fellowship (U.S.), the Nonino International Literary Prize (Italy), the Prix Médicis Etranger (France), and the Nelly Sachs prize (Germany). He is a member of the Berlin Academy of Art and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the French government has named him Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. An award-winning translator, Linda Coverdale has translated many classic works of modern French literature into English.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300182958
Author:
Manea, Norman
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Coverdale, Linda
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

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