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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My library Help Advanced Book Search. He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group. Gellu Naum rose to some prominence in the late s and early s. Cleverly done, much comes across even in the translation. The surrealist Naum is never an easy read, but there is a lot here that is worthwhile — pieces, rather than a whole here. She is, ultimately, whatever he makes of her, fading and returning as he needs her.
Account Options Sign in. Lost in the Balkans Naum’s work has been less influential and less read than it deserves to be. Highly praised now and then, Zenobia is an enduring avant-garde classic of twentieth-century Eastern European literature.
And haven’t you always wanted to say that you’ve read a Romanian avant-gardist novel? The narrator, speaking from the depths of love and despair, invites the reader to share his quest. Some patience — and a somewhat open mind — required, but worthwhile. Like the best in the surrealist tradition, it seeks to narrate the unnarratable and challenges its readers to comprehend the incomprehensible.
Zenobia Gellu Naum Snippet view – In this masterpiece, penned 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.
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Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. In this masterpiece, penned 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. It’s a chronicle of Naum himself figures as the first-person narrator, leading the reader through the maze of the novel.
His wife, artist Lyggia Naum, was the inspiration for the title character. There are seven chapters, beginning with The Swamps and ending on The Plank. Northwestern Univ Press Amazon. Later he admits to Zenobia as naaum invention, imagining her first appearance, ultimately willing her into existence.
Selected pages Title Page. 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.
She is a remarkable, if slightly otherworldly figure: The novel is presented gellu numbered 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.
Zenobia by Gellu Naum. Northwestern University Press- Fiction – pages. A member of the Romanian literary establishment, Naum has penned nauum existentialist antinovel that has no clear plot, little development of characters in fact, sometimes it’s difficult to tell if the Zenobiaa artist Lyggia Naum, his wife, was the inspiration and main character in his novel Zenobia.
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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.
Zenobia is a novel, an unlikely sustained effort from the avant-gardist Naum. The narrator, speaking from the depths of love and despair, invites the reader to share his quest. The random acts even his own and zrnobia seem as much out of the writer’s control as that of the character.
Zenobia Writings from an unbound Europe. 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
Contents HI The Corridor. Often puzzling — and often engrossing — Zenobia will not be to everyone’s taste. 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.
The artist Lyggia Naum, his wife, was the inspiration and main character in his novel Zenobia. He is remembered as the founder of the Romanian Surrealist group. Gellu Naum August 1, — September 29, was a prominent Romanian poet, dramatist, novelist, children’s writer, and translator.