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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My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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. Stylistically it is considerably more approachable than much of his poetry; still, it’s no simple read. The narrator, speaking from the depths of love and despair, invites the reader to share his quest.
Naum himself figures as the first-person narrator, leading the reader through the maze of the novel. 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. Often puzzling — and often engrossing — Zenobia will not be to everyone’s taste. There are seven chapters, beginning with The Swamps and ending on The Plank. Account Options Sign in.
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. 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.
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: Naum constantly asks the reader to review what has been written, emphasizing the fiction, shifting the focus occasionally misleadingly.
Writings from an Unbound Europe. Zenobia by Gellu Naum. Zenobia Gellu Naum Snippet view – The complete review ‘s Review:.
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For Zenobia there is nothing unimportant or common: He never fully understands or knows slippery Zenobia. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. His wife, artist Lyggia Naum, was the inspiration for the title character. Later he admits to Zenobia as an invention, imagining her first appearance, ultimately willing her into existence. 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.
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Highly praised now and then, Zenobia is an enduring avant-garde classic of twentieth-century Eastern European literature. They live as lovers, their affair intimate and ethereal, real and elusive.
Some patience — and a somewhat open mind — required, but worthwhile. The Last Meeting of Dante and Beatrice on.
The random acts even his own and encounters seem as much out of the writer’s control as that of the character. He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group. She is, ultimately, whatever he makes of her, fading and returning as he needs her.
He is gelku as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group. The artist Lyggia Naum, his wife, was the inspiration and main character in his novel Zenobia.
Books by Gellu Naum (Author of Zenobia)
His wife, artist Lyggia Naum, was the inspiration geplu the title character. The surrealist Naum is never an easy read, but there is a lot here that is worthwhile — pieces, rather than a whole here. She is as much a literary inspiration — a muse and an amusement — as a reality.
It’s a chronicle of Gellu Naum rose to some prominence in the late s and early s. Contents HI The Corridor. 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.
Northwestern Univ Press Amazon. He falls in love with a girl who he names Zenobia names are not firmly fixed in Naum’s world — “You can call me whatever you want, it doesn’t gel,u he tells a friend early ona stunning beauty who seems his perfect mate. Zenobia Writings from an unbound Europe.