A new translation of the only novel by lauded Romanian literary critic Matei Calinescu
Matei Calinescu (1934 - 2009) was a literary critic and professor of comparative literature at Indiana University. Born and educated in Bucharest, he was offered a Fulbright grant and defected to the United States in 1973. He wrote several works of nonfiction, including Five Faces of Modernity and Rereading. Breon Mitchell is a scholar and translator of several works by various authors, including The Tin Drum by G3nter Grass, The Trial by Franz Kafka, and The Silent Angel by Heinrich Boll. He is Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. Norman Manea has written numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, including the acclaimed memoir The Hooligan's Return and the novel The Lair. Since leaving Romania in 1986 due to intolerance by Communist authorities, Manea's writing has been translated into more than twenty languages and he has been awarded several prestigious literary prizes, including the MacArthur Fellowship, the MUdicis tranger, the Nely Sachs Prize, and the Guadalajara International Book Fair's (FIL) 2016 Literature in Romance Languages Award. He is Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.
"A literary jewel of eccentricity seen as an ethical provocation, which created an unforgettable shock at a time when the mental stereotype imposed by the dictatorship was dimly trying to find the first slits for a breakthrough....The writer summons, in an artistic undertaking that is ever vigorous and vibrant, the fundamental questions of existence, the ephemeral and the transcendent stimulating each other in a dynamic exchange of energy, with original and seductive accords of lasting resonance." --Norman Manea "A Baal Shem Tov imagined by Sterne." --Emil Cioran "A picaresque life of an imagined philosopher who speaks in torrents and trades in absurdity...[Lichter] lives up to what an acolyte of his calls 'a pedagogy of beguilement'." --Kirkus Reviews