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Written in the interwar period and published in 1927, this psychological thriller captured the imagination of Romanian readers. The book opens with a shock as Puiu, an aristocrat, murders his wife after returning from a ball at the palace. To avoid a public trial and prison sentence, his father instead arranges to have him committed to a mental asylum.

Discussions with his psychiatrist reveal the madness and passion of Puiu through the imagery of the wild Ciuleandra dance of the countryside, where he met his future wife. Unfortunately for Puiu, though, his psychiatrist also knew and loved her first...

It is also a story of obsessive love and paints an interesting picture of the lives of the Romanian aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century. The work echoes the world depicted by Russian writers such as Dostoevsky and Gogol, as moments of high drama and emotional intensity are punctuated with ironic descriptions of the corrupt boyar class.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784908793493
Publisher: Zoran Zivkovic
Publication date: 02/25/2021
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Liviu Rebreanu (1885-1944) is one of the most important literary voices in Romania's interwar period. Hailing from rural Transylvania, Rebreanu was a novelist and prose writer, a playwright and translator, an iconic figure in the world of letters and a member of the golden generation of modernist writers alongside Mihail Sadoveanu (1880-1961), Camil Petrescu (1894-1957), Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu (1876-1955), Mircea Eliade (1907-86), Mateiu I. Caragiale (1885-1936), and Panait Istrati (1884-1935), a generation that shaped the evolution of Romanian literature well into the postwar period and beyond. Rebreanu's early experimentation with various novelistic formats was crucial for the success of contemporary and subsequent writers alike and demonstrated the maturity of the modern Romanian language and national psyche to engage with the ample breadth of the architecture and style of the novel.

Gabi Reigh was born in Romania and moved to the UK in her teens. She has won the Stephen Spender prize for poetry in translation and is currently engaged in a translation project called 'Interbellum Series' focusing on works from the Romanian interwar period. The first titles in this series were Poems of Light by Lucian Blaga and three works by Mihail Sebastian: The Town with Acacia Trees, Women and The Star with No Name.

Daniele Serra is an Italian illustrator and comic book artist. His main influences and inspirations arrive from weird and horror fiction written by H. P. Lovecraft and William H. Hodgson, Ridley Scott movies, Japanese horror films and Clive Barker's works.
His love for horror culture started before his painting career, making him quickly develop his signature style: high contrast paintings with bright, as well as strong dark colors, curved strokes and shadows, and a particular attention to his character's gaze and expression.
He has handled a diverse and growing range of work including Clive Barker's Hellraiser, The Crow: Memento Mori, Joe R. Lansdale's "I Tell you it's Love," Tommyknockers by Stephen King, Voices from the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson, Hellraiser: The Toll by Alan Miller, Deep Like the River by Tim Waggoner, and Frankenstein in London by Brian Stableford, among others.

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