The Necessary Marriage

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A man lies sleepless in a foul-smelling room while raucous noises come from next door, and women — past and present, real or imagined — pass through his mind. From these few elements, Romanian author Dumitru Tsepeneag builds a dreamlike world both ancient and contemporary, and as mesmerizing as that in his critically acclaimed Vain Art of the Fugue. Praised by Emil Cioran for its precise and masterly evocation of sensual detail, The Necessary Marriage confirms Tsepeneag's position as one of the most important ...

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Overview

A man lies sleepless in a foul-smelling room while raucous noises come from next door, and women — past and present, real or imagined — pass through his mind. From these few elements, Romanian author Dumitru Tsepeneag builds a dreamlike world both ancient and contemporary, and as mesmerizing as that in his critically acclaimed Vain Art of the Fugue. Praised by Emil Cioran for its precise and masterly evocation of sensual detail, The Necessary Marriage confirms Tsepeneag's position as one of the most important Eastern European writers of the post-communist era.

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal de Geneve
“With his metaphors and traps, Dumitru Tsepeneag reminds me of a magician who pulls flowers, animals, and strange objects out of his hat. He lays comical stories over a poignant, and often grim, background.”
Village Voice
“[Tsepeneag] induces the sense that memory, time, and consciousness are both mutable and, ultimately, unknowable.”
Journal de Genève
“With his metaphors and traps, Dumitru Tsepeneag reminds me of a magician who pulls flowers, animals, and strange objects out of his hat. He lays comical stories over a poignant, and often grim, background.”
Elizabeth Hand
[Tsepeneag] induces the sense that memory, time, and consciousness are both mutable and, ultimately, unknowable.
Village Voice
The Believer
[Vain Art of the Fugue] is a work of singular invention and joy, a successful experiment in every aspect of the novel, especially delight.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564785343
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: Eastern European Literature Series
  • Pages: 130
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dumitru Tsepeneag is one of the most innovative Romanian writers of the second half of the twentieth century. In 1975, while he was in France, his citizenship was revoked by Ceauşescu, and he was forced into exile. In the 1980s, he started to write in French. He returned to his native language after the Ceauşescu regime ended, but continues to write in his adopted language as well.

A translator from Romanian, Spanish, German, French, and Italian, Patrick Camiller has translated many works, including Dumitru Tsepeneag's Vain Art of the Fugue, The Necessary Marriage, and Hotel Europa.

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