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 .
|Published (Last):||27 August 2016|
|PDF File Size:||10.22 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||7.60 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
One of the best-known novels by prolific Romanian avant-garde writer Gelu Naum, Zenobia is the evocation zenoboa 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 num beauty.
Like the best in the surrealist tradition, it seeks to narrate the unnarratable and challenges its readers to comprehend the incomprehensible.
Books by Gellu Naum
Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. They live as lovers, their affair intimate and ethereal, real and elusive.
Zenobia Gellu Naum Snippet view – Contents HI The Corridor. The surrealist Naum is never an easy read, but there is a lot here that is worthwhile — pieces, rather than a whole here.
He 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. The artist Lyggia Naum, his wife, was the inspiration and main character in his novel 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 In this masterpiece, penned in the twilight of the zenoba 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.
Account Options Sign in. There are seven chapters, beginning with The Swamps and ending on The Plank. He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group.
Highly praised now and then, Zenobia is an enduring avant-garde classic of twentieth-century Eastern European literature. For Zenobia there is nothing unimportant or common: Lost in the Balkans Naum’s work has been less influential and less read than it deserves to be. 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 zenobix his perfect mate.
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 geolu 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.
Often puzzling — and often engrossing — Zenobia will not be to everyone’s taste.
Zenobia – Gellu Naum – Google Books
She is, ultimately, whatever he makes of her, fading and returning as he needs her. The narrator, speaking from the depths of love and despair, invites the reader to share his quest.
The artist Lyggia Naum, his wife, was the inspiration and main character in his novel Zenobia. Stylistically it is considerably more approachable than much of his poetry; still, it’s no simple read. The Last Meeting of Dante and Beatrice on.
There are also occasional “newsflashes” interspersed in the text, strange little items such as: The complete review ‘s Review:. At the Nairobi airport, a Boeing with passengers aboard ran into a hyena, and the flight had to be canceled.
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. A perversely inventive and amusing portrayal of alienation and despair from a highly regarded Romanian author whose work is here translated into English for the first time. Later he admits to Zenobia as an invention, imagining her first appearance, ultimately willing her into existence.
The random acts even his own and encounters seem as much out of the writer’s control as that of the character.
Gellu Naum rose to some prominence in the late s and early s. Gellu Naum August 1, — September 29, was a prominent Romanian poet, dramatist, novelist, children’s writer, and translator.
Zenobia is a novel, an unlikely sustained effort from the avant-gardist Naum. 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. Writings from an Unbound Europe. Much of the gell is a literary game. Gellu Naum August 1, — September 29, was a prominent Romanian poet, dramatist, novelist, children’s writer, and translator.
The novel is presented in zenobis 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.
Northwestern Univ Press Amazon. Zenobia Writings from an unbound Europe. Naum himself figures as the first-person narrator, leading the reader through the gelly of the novel. She is a remarkable, if slightly otherworldly figure: Life itself is also unreal, with an odd mix of realistic elements — bits of normality, of recognizable day-to-day life — grounding it.