His remarkable diary was published only recently in its original language and is here translated into English for the first time. That makes me a Jew, and a Romanian. What can I expect? University of Iowa Press. Without a radio, with his only source of news the German communiques, bragging about their victories, then more and more secretive as their luck turns, all Sebastian can do is speculate.

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In the s, Sebastian’s Journal gained a new audience in Western countries due to its lyrical, evocative style and the brutal honesty of its accounts. My good friend Roger Baylor bought this for me about ten years ago. I grew up in Romania during the communist times.

Journal 1935-1944

For me to go around and join conferences demanding that my identity as a Jewish Romanian be taken seriously would be as crazy as the Lime Trees on the island where I was born to form a conference demanding their rights to be Lime Trees.

Without knowing, he wrote an impressive story of Romania. Journal by Mihail Sebastian. My own set is broken, but snatches of the broadcast drift up from the floor below, or maybe from across the way. I couldn’t overcome my shyness, my shame, my fear. Now it seems that he is being challenged by those even farther to this right. Cioran became most famous while writing not in Romanian but French, a language with which he had struggled since his youth.


People he had known for years insulted him to his face and then acted as if nothing had happened. His early call for modernization was, however, hard to reconcile with the traditionalism of the Iron Guard. When Norman Manea’s attack on Eliade came out in TNR in I simply couldn’t believe it – I had read pages of Eliade’s memoirs, he had been a friend and mentor to my very favorite deceased father-in-law [an easy choice – my admiration for him had never been sullied by acquaintance And yet it is so.

I am old enough to have learned that at least. Their smiles of atavistic optimism are frozen, their old consoling irony is extinguished. Published January 2nd by Pimlico first published It’s only a shame that so many of the ideas detailed in Journal never saw fruition.

The theme of human alienation, the most prominent existentialist theme, presented by Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camusis thus formulated, inby young Cioran: Continental philosophy Philosophical pessimism Existentialism. He also catches the changes after the War, a period much lied about by both historical sides: Where can I direct my gaze?

Mihail Sebastian – Wikipedia

Cioran’s graduation thesis was on Henri Bergsonwhom he later rejected, claiming Bergson did not comprehend the tragedy cargi life. A decision taken by the Court of Appeal of Paris stopped the commercial sale of the collection. Retrieved from ” https: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. With the fact that I thought that the Romanian interbellum is glorified unjustly everywhere despite the rampant inequality and open discrimination and this book sort of shows everything wrong with the wonderful years of flappers, skirts and WW2?


I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone say about a central European, yeah, he joined a fascist party during WWII but that’s just because of his anti-communism After being kicked out of his home due to the new antisemitic laws, Sebastian moved ionezcu a tenement slum where he continued his caeti. Miercuri, 17 dec Or sometimes onlyI can’t make out what he is saying, but I easily recognize Hitler’s guttural voice and especially the cheering that continually interrupts him: Never have I been so old, so flat, so listless; I take open-eyed refuge for days on end in all manner of ridiculous dreams.

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He addresses the rabid antisemitism of the former in a clear and unaffected manner, underlining its absurdity:. The shooting never ends. Throughout the hardships of war – losing essentially every liberty, possession and possibility, Sebastian writes.