The Second Life

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Set in New York City and Eastern Europe, these stories explore the indelible mark left by unexpected historical and personal traumas. Firan effortlessly blends elements of realism and fantasy to create a rich and spellbinding narrative world. Each story revolves around a middle-aged male protagonist, who struggles to find meaning in his life as he experiences failure and desperately reaches out in pursuit of happiness.

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Overview

Set in New York City and Eastern Europe, these stories explore the indelible mark left by unexpected historical and personal traumas. Firan effortlessly blends elements of realism and fantasy to create a rich and spellbinding narrative world. Each story revolves around a middle-aged male protagonist, who struggles to find meaning in his life as he experiences failure and desperately reaches out in pursuit of happiness.

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Andrei Codrescu

Carmen Firan has the gift and the timing.... You can hear in Firan's prose the turning over of the wheel of time, the changing of once seemingly immutable orders, the anguish of people struggling to escape history and to understand themselves. Her writing lifts the curse, briefly.

Andrei Codrescu

Carmen Firan has the gift and the timing.... You can hear in Firan's prose the turning over of the wheel of time, the changing of once seemingly immutable orders, the anguish of people struggling to escape history and to understand themselves. Her writing lifts the curse, briefly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880335713
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 11/11/2005
  • Series: East European Monographs
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carmen Firan was born in Romania and is the author of many works of fiction and poetry, including The Farce and In the Most Beautiful Life. Her writings have ppeared in several literary magazines has been translated into French, Swedish, Polish, and other languages.

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Table of Contents

The boiler man 1
Light in the attic 9
Post-meridian 33
The second life : I. The reader 45
The second life : II. The writer 67
Parking 93
Concession 103
The Russian fur hat 109
Three for inferno : I. The last day 113
Three for inferno : II. The wife 127
Three for inferno : III. The mistress 141
Somewhere in the east 149
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