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Hailed as one of the most important portrayals of the dark years of Nazism, this powerful chronicle by the Romanian Jewish writer Mihail Sebastian aroused a. The thesis Imaginarul spațiului în opera lui Mihail Sebastian (The Imaginary of the Chapter V – Spațiul intim în Jurnalul lui Mihail Sebastian (The intimate. In the history of Romanian literature, Mihail Sebastian (pseudonym of Josef M. Hechter) fares as a .. record: after 6 months, a translator from English‖ (Jurnal, ). In early .. ―Nae Ionescu a fost o vreme Dumnezeul lui‖. Adevărul de.

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Despre emotii si dolii in filmul “Intors pe dos”. Nu stiu daca, traind dincolo de 38 de ani, ar fi ajuns cel mai mare scriitor roman.

View all 7 comments. It can at times feel like the author is brushing off or excusing antisemitism, but only because he has spent a lifetime being literally beaten for being Jewish and having to put up with it just so damn often.

He is not particularly likable but he is very introspective, and has a lot to say about intellectualism. His genius professor is the warnings not to trust from parents and grandparents you don’t want to believe but end up being true. I see in the news that many of the second generation citizens feel like they do not mkhail anywhere. He makes the case that the arguments are in fact excuses. And so are his doubts about writing when other people are murdered.

Even the real-life component: View all 3 comments. It is still a good book to read to get some idea of what it was like for Jews prior to the Holocaust but it did try my patience. Late at night, when the rest of Europe tunes their TVs to smut, the Romanians broadcast high-school calculus classes – something more like 2nd year university mathematics i My wife was born in Romania before migrating to Australia age 8 with intelligent hard-working parents who never really landed on their feet in their new country.

Maybe it’s because all those other books from the jurnalu, time were edited and cleaned up by their own authors.

For Two Thousand Years

His reaction is never to fight back or to defend himself, and in the end he determines that every generation finds a reason to hate or fear because “the Jew has a metaphysical obligation to be detested”. The narrator comes across a wide array of characters, mainly intellectuals of some sort, with whom he discusses both weighty political and metaphysical topics migail more quotidian, though no less important topics, such as women and love.

People he had known for years insulted him to his face and then acted as if nothing had happened. He addresses the rabid antisemitism of the former in a clear and sebaastian manner, underlining its absurdity:. As a pursuer of women, he strongly identified with Swann himelf and his primary gf with Odette. Although I read the novel in Romanian I will write my review in English as the book was published for the first time in English last year and I want to encourage sebastina to give 26 September: Jan 21, Oryx rated it liked it.


With the excellent fresh writing of what is essentially a diary of one of my favourite underrated writers? May 03, Kristi rated it it was amazing. Sebastian’s Journal offers not only a chronicle of the darkest years of European anti-Semitism but a lucid and finely shaded analysis of erotic and social life, a reader’s notebook, and a music lover’s journal. His journal was discovered and published in Is a ‘new dawn’ on the way?

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, luo and WW2? I think, however, that it is something we have accustomed ourselves to do here, in the ghetto.

Mihail Sebastian – Wikipedia

Maybe it’s for the better as he did not have to compromise with the new power. He repeatedly offers the double standards, the ironies and the questions. One party contains in its very being an obligation to wipe out all others. Spending his days walking the streets and his nights drinking and conversing with revolutionaries, zealots, and mihali, he remains isolated, even from the This literary masterpiece revives the ideological debates of the interwar period through the journal of a Romanian Jurnzlul student caught between anti-Semitism and Zionism.

Sebasstian read Journal is to read not only an important historical and social document but to read how a talented writer managed to endure some true hardships without losing his honesty and dignity and a sense that, someday, he would see things set right.

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. What I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by a Romanian author, and I was very glad that this book has finally been translated into English. Astonishingly, he did not drop his friends when they became anti-semitic in sentiment or even in action as the 30s wore on -equally so, they did not drop him.

I see myself in New York, and then — weary of all the noise — in a quite provincial town, where I write smash-hit plays for Broadway without feeling curious enough to go and see them. Mihail Sebastian was a promising young Jewish writer in pre-war Bucharest, a novelist, playwright, poet and journalist who counted among his friends the leading intellectuals and social luminaries of a sophisticated Eastern European culture.


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 Credit, where credit is due, the inventiveness of the fascist government had no bounds. Sebastian draws up beautifully the diff This book is a work of art. He was categorized as Jew and could not be anything else. When he observes other Jews who are beaten he tells himself “If I cry, I am lost.

All countries distort it and communist Romania was no exception. I laughed and agreed with the professor. Yet I wish everyone would read it, as it speaks of important aspects of one’s identity.

Later on, he becomes an architect and moves to Paris, but when antisemitism rears its ugly head again in the early s, he’s appalled to discover that some of his close friends join in.

One day, far from now, the nightmare will pass — but we, you, he, I, who look into each other’s eyes, will be long gone. Sharing these glimpses into the difficult daily life of young Mihail Sebastian as he strugg GNab I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, and Penguin Classics – Other Books in exchange for an honest review.


sebbastian 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.

The politics of the era in Romania was driven by anti-Semitism, and a blind faith in Hitler – when Hitler’s fortunes began to decline, the population switched back to being anti-Nazi, or pro-democracy. Although he endures persistent threats just to attend lectures, he feels disconnected from his Jewish peers and questions whether their activism will be worth the cost. Jan 13, Sam Schulman rated it really liked it. It is hard to not see the Romanian people as a people who have endured much more than their fair share.

Only rarely through this history of warfare, victories, and kingdoms, does light pierce the mist. Mihail Sebastian Having said that, if you are interested jrnalul what it was like to be an intelligent Romanian Jew after World War I in the midst of virulent Anti-semitism and Zionism–then this is a book for you.