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Blinding by Mircea Cartarescu

Blinding (1996)

by Mircea Cartarescu

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Blinding is a fever dream; a baroque hallucinatory journey through a labyrinth of gorgeous language and discovered meaning. It is a memoir and a collection of fantasy scenes woven tight into the Bucharest landscape — a twilight that extends through centuries...a circus of the macabre and misbegotten. I could not put it down and I was continually getting lost, in the best possible way.

Cartarescu’s language, and this magisterial translation by Sean Cotter, can be compared to nothing completely, but is Joycean in it’s scope, with Ishmael Reed’s bop prosody and Thomas Pynchon’s improbable continuity mixed in with Grimm, Kafka and Calvino.

I find it impossible to describe the book further or the events that are chronicled. There is a sense that the story morphs from page to page like fungal growth and develops in the way the pupae of a butterfly that is a recurring theme. The story is liquid and cunning and by the end you are exhausted and exhilarated. ( )
4 vote abealy | Aug 28, 2013 |
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A good sense of time and place is the highlight of this overstuffed novel set in 20th century Romania—volume one of a trilogy that continues with Blinding: The Body and Blinding: The Right Wing.
added by DorsVenabili | editPublishers Weekly (Jul 29, 2013)
Op dit troosteloze Boekarest laat de in 1956 geboren Cartarescu in De Wetenden zijn verbeelding los. Het resultaat is een hallucinerende reis door de onder- en de bovenwereld van de stad, door de 20ste-eeuwse geschiedenis van Roemenië en de betoverende verhalen die Cartarescu daardoorheen weeft, langs alledaagse straattaferelen en apocalyptische visioenen, door het lichaam van de stadsbewoners en vooral de dromende geest van de verteller die het hele boek bijeenhoudt.
De Wetenden is een boek dat gemengde gevoelens oproept. De woorden zijn prachtig, de beelden indringend, de barokke stijl soms nét iets over de rand. Wanneer Cartarescu zijn fantasie gebruikt om de werkelijkheid te beschrijven, weet hij moeiteloos te overtuigen. Wanneer hij die de vrije teugel geeft, wordt van de lezer érg veel willigheid verwacht en blijft het alleen voor de liefhebbers genietbaar.
En toch is hier een imponerend schrijver aan het werk geweest. Door alle reserves heen blijft de bewondering voor het vakmanschap, de trefzekerheid en óók de verbeeldingskracht van Cartarescu overeind. De Wetenden is een boek dat maar half bevredigt, maar daarom des te meer naar werkelijke bevrediging door deze schrijver doet uitzien.
added by sneuper | editNRC Handelsblad, Ger Groot (May 7, 2010)

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Mircea Cartarescuprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alain ParuitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bos, Jan WillemTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cotter, SeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Escandell Tur, AntòniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johansson, IngerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lone, SteinarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Riddled with hidden passageways, mesmerizing tapestries, and whispering butterflies, Blinding takes us on a mystical trip into the protagonist’s childhood, his memories of hospitalization as a teenager, the prehistory of his family, a traveling circus, Secret police, zombie armies, American fighter pilots, the underground jazz scene of New Orleans, and the installation of the communist regime. This kaleidoscopic world is both eerily familiar and profoundly new.
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