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Pigeon Post

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Here is a book about a man, supposedly a writer, who tries to write a novel, because he promised his readers he would. But he doesn't have anything to say. He keeps erasing what he writes, and rewriting it, without having the slightest idea where he's going with it. Soon enough he realizes that looking out of the window, sitting in front of his typewriter, describing anything and everything, is not enough to write a novel. His three friends, Edmond, Edgar, and Edouard, will aid ...

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Overview

Here is a book about a man, supposedly a writer, who tries to write a novel, because he promised his readers he would. But he doesn't have anything to say. He keeps erasing what he writes, and rewriting it, without having the slightest idea where he's going with it. Soon enough he realizes that looking out of the window, sitting in front of his typewriter, describing anything and everything, is not enough to write a novel. His three friends, Edmond, Edgar, and Edouard, will aid him in his task...

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accomplished and delirious comic novel' - James Womack, Times Literary Supplement

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A Romanian novelist writing in French (here newly translated into English) creates in this fragmentary, meandering work the charmingly sad tale of a solitary writer, Ed, as he attempts to make sense of his memories. From his Parisian apartment, Ed observes the comings and goings of pigeons and neighbors, such as the widow Maryse and her Pekinese, all the while relishing his solitude and sifting through the "raw material" of his sensations and memories. He resolves to write a novel by introducing anecdotes helter-skelter and enlisting the ideas of his three childhood friends named, suspiciously, Edmund, Edgar and Edward. From the responses and criticism of these trusty alter-egos, Ed constructs a kind of journal of spontaneous writing centered on his upbringing in Agen and a present flirtation with an older man who plays chess in a café for a living. Delighting in his gleeful prevarication, the narrator opens himself to witty self-scrutiny and invites the reader to participate in his inventive, surreal literary feast.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564785169
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Eastern European Literature Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dumitru Tsepeneag (born 14 February 1937) was a leading member and theorist of the Romanian 'oneiricist' group in the late 1960s and early 70s, before the communist regime suppressed the literary movement. The regime viewed Tsepeneag as a troublemaker and in 1975 Ceausescu himself personally signed the decree stripping him of his Romanian citizenship, thus forcing him into exile. He settled in Paris, continuing to write literary work in Romanian, and later in French, as well as publishing extensively in the press. Since 1990, he has commuted between Paris and Bucharest.

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