About Gellu Naum: Gelu Naum was a prominent Romanian poet, dramatist, novelist, children’s writer, and translator. He is remembered as the founder of the. . Gellu Naum has 72 books on Goodreads with ratings. Gellu Naum’s most popular book is Zenobia. One of the best-known novels by prolific Romanian avant-garde writer Gelu Naum, Zenobia is the evocation of the singular quest of a Surrealist knight-errant .
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Zenobia Writings from an unbound Europe.
Writings from an Unbound Europe. The narrator, speaking from the depths of love and despair, invites the reader to share his quest. In this masterpiece, penned in the twilight of the totalitarian regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, love, in all its intimate, carnal communion, lights the path through the dark forest, the streets of Bucharest, and the desert swamps.
There are also occasional “newsflashes” interspersed in the text, strange little items such as: The artist Lyggia Naum, his wife, was the inspiration and main character in his novel Zenobia. A perversely inventive and amusing portrayal of alienation and despair from a highly regarded Romanian author whose work is here translated into English for the first time.
Later he admits to Zenobia as an invention, imagining her first appearance, ultimately willing her into existence.
Books by Gellu Naum
Lost in the Balkans Naum’s tellu has been less influential and less read than it deserves to be. He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group. It’s a chronicle of There are seven chapters, beginning with The Swamps and ending on The Plank.
The surrealist Naum is never an easy read, but there is a lot here that is worthwhile — pieces, rather than a whole here. Life itself is also unreal, with an odd mix of realistic elements — bits of normality, of recognizable day-to-day life — grounding it. His wife, artist Lyggia Naum, was the inspiration for the title character.
The Last Meeting of Dante and Beatrice on. Naum constantly asks the reader to review what has been written, emphasizing the fiction, shifting the focus occasionally misleadingly. The novel is presented in numbered sections, each of which is one or a few paragraphs in length, 15 to 20 per chapter, episodes that follow in a general chronological order. Cleverly done, much comes across even in the translation. Zenobia by Gellu Naum. My library Help Advanced Book Search.
A member of the Romanian literary establishment, Naum has penned an existentialist antinovel that has no clear plot, little development of characters in fact, sometimes it’s difficult to tell if the And haven’t you always wanted to say that you’ve read a Romanian avant-gardist novel?
ZENOBIA by Gellu Naum | Kirkus Reviews
His wife, artist Lyggia Naum, was the inspiration for the title character. At the Nairobi airport, a Boeing with passengers aboard ran into a hyena, and the flight had to be canceled. For Zenobia there is nothing unimportant or common: Northwestern Univ Press Amazon. Highly praised now and then, Zenobia is an enduring avant-garde classic of twentieth-century Eastern European literature.
He returned to Romania from France in along with Gherasim Luca — who, however, returned to Paris inworking as a censored poet, writer of children’s books, and translator, continuing to be productive even if little heard from outside his native Romania. She is, ultimately, whatever he makes of her, fading and returning as he needs her. She is as much a literary inspiration — a muse and an amusement — as a reality.
He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group. He never fully understands or knows slippery Zenobia. Stylistically it is considerably more approachable than much of his poetry; still, it’s no simple read. Often nau — geellu often engrossing — Zenobia will not be to everyone’s taste.
It is, however, a good and interesting read, a book that can be dipped into and perused over an extended period of time or swallowed whole in one go. Gellu Naum August 1, — September 29, was a prominent Romanian poet, dramatist, novelist, children’s writer, and translator.
Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Selected pages Title Page. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The writer always makes his presence felt, but like the Naum in the text he does not seem to be in complete control, or aware of all that is happening.
Northwestern University Presszenobja Fiction – pages. Gellu Naum rose to some prominence in the late s and early s. Zenobia is a novel, an unlikely sustained effort from the avant-gardist Naum.
Like the best in the surrealist tradition, it seeks to narrate the unnarratable and challenges its readers to comprehend the incomprehensible. Much of the book is a literary game. Account Options Sign in. Zenobia Gellu Naum Snippet view – One of the best-known novels by prolific Romanian avant-garde writer Gelu Naum, Zenobia is the evocation of the singular quest of a Surrealist knight-errant who strives to be true to the gentle demands of his lady in a landscape of snares, desolation, incipient madness, and material poverty magically interrupted by moments of extreme beauty.
Contents HI The Corridor. The artist Lyggia Naum, his wife, was the inspiration and main character in his bellu Zenobia. Highly praised now and then, Zenobia is an enduring avant-garde classic of twentieth-century Eastern European literature.