Vain Art of the Fugue

Vain Art of the Fugue


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564784216
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date: 04/28/2007
Series: Eastern European Literature Series
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 In 1975, while he was in France, his citizenship was revoked by Ceaușescu, and he was forced into exile. In the 1980s, he started to write in French. He returned to his native language after the Ceaușescu regime ended, but continues to write in his adopted language as well.

Andrea Reiter is a Research Fellow at the School of Modern Languages, Univeristy of Southampton, UK.

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soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
'Vain Art of the Fugue' is an exhausting, post-Kafka tale of something and nothing, in seemingly infinite variation. It begins with a man racing to catch the bus that should hopefully get him to the train station in time to meet somebody. We don't know who this person is - sometimes he's a young boy, sometimes an older man; sometimes he's meeting a girl, or a retired soldier; sometimes he's seeing somebody off, a girlfriend who has left him.Every other element in the story also shifts and twists with each retelling. First-person narration slips into third; now we're in the present, then suddenly in the past, and sometimes in the future. Very quickly one realises that one has to give up any hope of following the threads; allow the threads to pull you into Tsepeneag's tapestry and you'll be a lot happier.