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Ochiul căprui al dragostei noastre

Ochiul căprui al dragostei noastre

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A mixture of articles, memories and short stories. The first few texts are pretty good, though if you read closely most of Cărtărescu's previous books you will have a deja-vu feeling very often. The articles on poetry are somewhat lackluster. Good scotch the almighty M.C. took the time to write a bit about contemporary poetry - he was modest enough to not mention himself as an important poet (which however can be read through the lines), but he did not miss the opportunity to impose once again his friends, Coșovei and Iaru, as „key poets” of his generation; otherwise, I did not expect him to name more than 4 poets of the 2000 generation, but even that is pretty good considering most of M.C.'s readers hardly give a damn about what else is going on in Romanian literature right now... The "in memoriam" articles are fair (Ion "Nino" Stratan gets my sympathy here) and, at last, he took the time to place his infamous 1998 article on Eminescu in a better context. That article is preceded by a number of well-written paragraphs in which Cărtărescu explains his vision of an Eminescu that is not a frozen statue with a corpus of masterpieces, but an Eminescu whose creativity manifested itself in a chaotic process that is his relentless search for what we now perceive as perfection. Common sense (for postmodern times) things that, sadly, were not explained beforehand by M.C., which is partially why people insisted on seeing him as a sort of evil (selfish if not even conspiracy-fueled) iconoclast. Yes, I seen many intelligent people judging Cărtărescu's attitude solely on that fricking article from Dilema...

The strength is, however, in the bundle of short prose towards the end of the volume. This is where it looks like a new fertile Cărtărescu is about to born. You got to read those short stories for yourself and hope that M.C. won't be too busy yet again seeking attention with garbage instead of doing the only thing that will matter in the end anyway - writing. ( )
  yigru.zeltil | Aug 24, 2014 |
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