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Collected Prose: Urmuz (Paperback)

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The experimental prose written by Urmuz, the pseudonym of Dem. Demetrescu-Buzau (1883- 1923), represents a model for the Romanian avant-garde movement, anticipating not only the Surrealists' iconoclastic fervor in blowing up all sorts of stereotypes, but also some of the main features of the so called "absurd" theater created by Eugene Ionesco. Like Ionesco, Urmuz has the propensity towards dissimulating behind an elaborate network of absurd associations and fantastic scenarios the tragic consciousness of humans' limited existence and of language's limited powers. A look at the literature written by Urmuz proves that the reverse side of the humorous mode and of the ironic enunciation is the anxiety provoked by the unbearable responsibility of living.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945 Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press Publication Date: 12/01/2023 ISBN-13: 9781628973709  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Urmuz was a Romanian writer, lawyer, and civil servant who became a cult hero in Romania's avant-garde scene. His scattered work, consisting of absurdist short prose and poetry, opened a new genre in Romanian letters and humor, and captured the imagination of modernists for several generations. Alistair Ian Blyth is the translator of many works by Romanian authors, including Teodorovici's Our Circus Presents, Lungu's I'm An Old Commie!, and several novels by Tsepeneag, all of which are available from Dalkey Archive Press. He lives in Romania.

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