Monday, February 7, 2011

Coming from an Off-Key Time: New Fiction from Bogdan Suceava

Northwestern University Press recently published Romanian writer Bogdan Suceava's novel Coming from an Off-Key Time, translated by Alistair Ian Blyth. The work is part of Northwestern's excellent series "Writings from an Unbound Europe." Readers of Absinthe will already be familiar with Suceava's imaginative fiction. NUP's description of the novel notes:

Suceava satirizes the events [around the fall of communism] in his native Romania since the violent end of the Ceausescu regime that fateful year. Suceava uses three interrelated narratives to illustrate the destructive power of Romanian society’s most powerful mythologies. He depicts madness of all kinds but especially religious beliefs and their perversion by all manner of outrageous sects. Here horror and humor reside impossibly in the same time and place, and readers experience the vertiginous feeling of living in the middle of a violent historical upheaval.

I'm nearly half-way through it and can definitely recommend it from what I've read so far.

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