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Norman Manea
Compulsory Happiness
 
 
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Norman Manea. Linda Coverdale, trans.
Publisher Yale  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.7 x 5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780300182958
Pages/Publication Date 259/1993
Daedalus Item Code 42505
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In cool, precise prose, and with an unerring sense of the absurd, the four novellas in this omnibus—originally published in Romanian in the 1980s—create a picture of everyday life in a grotesque police state, expressing terror and hope, fear and solidarity, the humorous triviality of the ordinary, and the painful search for an ideal. Deported to a concentration camp in 1941, where he remained until the end of World War II, Jewish novelist and cultural critic Norman Manea returned to his Romanian homeland, but was forced out once more in 1986 by Ceausescu's brutal communist regime. Now living and writing in New York, he is the recipient of such honors as the MacArthur Fellowship, Italy's Nonino International Literary Prize, and France's Prix Médicis Etranger.

"Norman Manea's four novellas, written during the later Ceausescu years, offer a comparable contrast to other Eastern European dissident writing. Instead of the energetic irony ... we find a dreamy disconnection, a voice that shock has lowered, an air of sweetness driven mad."—LATimes

"Mr. Manea's voice is radically new, and we are blessedly awakened and alerted by the demand his fiction makes on our understanding."—NYTBR

 
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