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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She is as much a literary inspiration — a muse and an amusement — as a reality. A perversely inventive and amusing portrayal of geellu and despair from a highly regarded Romanian author whose work is here translated into English for the first time.
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Contents HI The Corridor. Naum constantly asks the reader to review what has been written, emphasizing the fiction, shifting the focus occasionally misleadingly.
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Eznobia 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. Account Options Sign in. And haven’t you always wanted to say that you’ve read a Romanian avant-gardist novel?
Some patience — and a somewhat open mind — required, but worthwhile.
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. She is a remarkable, if slightly otherworldly figure: Later he admits to Zenobia as an invention, imagining her first appearance, ultimately willing her into existence. His wife, artist Lyggia Naum, was the inspiration for the title character.
The narrator, speaking from the depths of love and despair, invites the reader to share his quest. Gellu Naum rose to some prominence in the late s and early s. Much of the book is a literary game.
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In this masterpiece, geplu 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.
Writings from an Unbound Europe. She is, ultimately, whatever he makes of her, fading and returning as he needs her.
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Books by Gellu Naum
The artist Lyggia Naum, his wife, was the inspiration and main character in his novel Zenobia. There are seven chapters, beginning with The Swamps and ending on The Plank.
The artist Lyggia Naum, his wife, was the inspiration nqum main character in his novel Zenobia. The narrator, speaking from the depths of love and despair, invites the reader to share his quest. 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.
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 matter” he tells a friend early ona stunning beauty who seems his perfect mate. Zenobia Gellu Naum Snippet view – There are also occasional “newsflashes” interspersed in the text, strange little items such as: At the Nairobi airport, a Boeing with passengers aboard ran into a hyena, and the flight had to be canceled.
Often zenoia — and often engrossing — Zenobia will not be to everyone’s taste. Stylistically it is considerably more approachable than much of his poetry; still, it’s no simple read. Northwestern Univ Press Amazon. Northwestern University Press- Fiction – pages.
Gellu Naum (Author of Zenobia)
The random acts even his own and encounters seem as much out of the writer’s control as that of the character. He never fully understands or knows slippery Zenobia.
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 He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group. My library Help Advanced Book Search.
Highly praised now and then, Zenobia is an enduring avant-garde classic of twentieth-century Eastern European literature. It’s a chronicle of Highly praised now and then, Zenobia is an enduring avant-garde classic of twentieth-century Eastern European literature. 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.