Plicul negru

Plicul negru In ciuda structurii sale atat de complexe asemanatoare multora dintre romanele moderniste de la Musil la Mann de la Kafka la Robbe Grillet cartea minutios construita a lui Manea este in esenta un m

  • Title: Plicul negru
  • Author: Norman Manea
  • ISBN: 9789736817403
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In ciuda structurii sale atat de complexe asemanatoare multora dintre romanele moderniste de la Musil la Mann, de la Kafka la Robbe Grillet , cartea minutios construita a lui Manea este in esenta un mister psihologic, istoria cautarii unei organizatii oculte, povestea unui anchetator care isi pierde mintile si, pana la urma, un foarte ingenios construit puzzle linear In ciuda structurii sale atat de complexe asemanatoare multora dintre romanele moderniste de la Musil la Mann, de la Kafka la Robbe Grillet , cartea minutios construita a lui Manea este in esenta un mister psihologic, istoria cautarii unei organizatii oculte, povestea unui anchetator care isi pierde mintile si, pana la urma, un foarte ingenios construit puzzle linear Romanul lui Manea, probabil cea mai stralucita realizare a sa de pana acum, construieste o lume fictionala care este in chip enigmatic suficienta siesi si, in acelasi timp, neasteptat de revelatorie pentru ceea ce unul dintre personaje numeste psihologia claustrarii , a singuratatii si a exilului Matei Calinescu Plicul negru al lui Norman Manea o capodopera tumultuoasa si tulburatoare Corriere della Sera Din Plicul negru cititorul invata despre duplicitatea perfida a sistemului totalitar ceausist mai mult decat din zeci de eseuri politice World Literature Today Realism magic in varianta central europeana, patruns de umor negru si satira amara Un roman de rar nivel artistic Aftenposten Dens si stralucit roman Times Literary Supplement Marele roman al lui Norman Manea despre Romania Suddeutsche Zeitung Citind Plicul negru, ne am putea aminti nocivul lapte negru al Tangoului mortii de Celan sau atmosfera claustrofoba a terorii in crestere din Badenheim 1939 de Appelfeld The New York Times Book Review

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    1. I found this book baffling in parts so I did what I never do which is to look at others' reviews to see if anyone else had figured it out. Much of the plot, such as it is, is about an elderly man who lives alone and seems to be searching for documents related to the political turmoil that ruined his father’s career. However, he himself was run out of a job as a professor and now works as a hotel receptionist in this eastern European communist environment. The novel is set in Romania and transl [...]

    2. "Reading, still reading? Sign of unhappiness, all this reading, right? "Most of The Black Envelope reviews posted on express puzzlement or confusion or simply annoyance. It's not difficult to understand their frustration, for the novel is one of those exasperating books that, although very well written, prove hard to love, probably because of their too obvious intellectuality. In other words, they ask for a second degree reading (in Umberto Eco’s terms, that is), since a first degree reading [...]

    3. i managed to slog my way through this whole book, but it was quite a struggle. i kind of liked the writing, but didn't really understand the book at all. and the plot, if there was one, was incomprehensible. i had plans to get a couple of his other books, but don't think i will bother now.

    4. I've written before in this space about how foolish it is to decide a book is bad because you didn't understand it, and more generally of the terrible (and terribly frequent) error in imagining that no one could possibly be smarter than you are. Black Envelope is a difficult novel to review, in so far as despite a serious, determined effort, large portions of it remained essentially obscure to me. Part of that is deliberate – to the degree that there is a plot, large portions of it are never e [...]

    5. “Citești, mai citești? Semn de nefericire, lectura, nu?”Majoritatea recenziilor Plicului negru postate pe de către cititori străini exprimă fie nedumerirea, fie confuzia sau enervarea. Nu e greu de înțeles frustrarea lor, căci romanul este una dintre cărțile acelea iritante care, deși foarte bine scrise, sînt greu de iubit, probabil din cauza caracterului prea intelectual. Altfel spus, necesită o lectură exclusiv de gradul al doilea (în termeni umbertoechieni, vreau să zic), [...]

    6. Manea's dark postmodern novel shows a lot of promise, but it is ever vague and confusing. Yes, this is the effect Manea's after because he wants the reader to have a sense of life in Fascist Romania; however, his technique is so effective that the book is a long series of events in a labyrinth of bleak darkness.

    7. How anyone can make progress through this is beyond me. The narrative is all over the place, the plot remains a promise glinting on the horizon but never reached. I've read a few Romanian writers and, in this instance, I can't help but wonder if the fault in pinning the whole thing down into something resembling structure is partly down to the translation.

    8. Baffling. Exquisite. Disorienting. Bleak. Strange. Dreamy. Hopeful. Mysterious. Ominous. Amusing. Corrosive. Maddening. Sly. Erudite. Disastrous. Grimy. Fleeting. Brash. Meditative. Supple. Colorful. Ashen. Allegorical. Layered. Memorable. Percussive. Stilted. Flippant. Insane.

    9. I had high hopes for this, especially after the guy in my local bookshop told me when I took it to the till that he was also reading it, and that the reading was good.But, it's almost completely incomprehensible. Who is who, what they're doing and why, chronology, narrative - I couldn't make head or tail of any of it. I persevered for 80-odd pages, then decided life is too short. Soon to be seen in an Oxfam bookshop near me

    10. I probably wouldn’t have persisted to the end of the book if I wasn't (a) just back from my third trip to Romania and feeling very attached to the country and (b) well over 50 years old. It’s so dreamily written that I seldom knew who was speaking – or even who was in the room, let alone whether it was live action or a dream, or whether happening “now” (1980s Bucharest) or 40 years before that.Getting close to 60 helps me be with situations where I barely have any idea what is going on [...]

    11. "Questo, solo questo, la nobiltà degli ultimi malati in grado di registrare l'avaria del mondo, la rottura e gli scricchiolii, ignorati da coloro che si sfiancano per mantenere il ritmo della commedia che continua a cercare un finale." (p. 87)

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