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Cărtărescu, Mircea

Entry updated 12 July 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1956-    ) Romanian teacher, poet and author, active from around 1978. He is of some sf interest for his first novel, Visul ["The Dream"] (1989; uncensored version, vt Nostalgia 1993; trans Julian Semilian 2005), where an exorbitant use of the topoi of Fantastika are assembled (and re-assembled through the five disparate sections of the work) into a kaleidoscopic rendering of the fractured reality of a state like Romania during and after the plague of totalitarianism. Giants roam this world (see Great and Small); a central building contains the secrets of the universe (see Library); the music of the spheres is longed for and (deliriously) rediscovered. There is a sense, throughout Nostalgia, that much of the importance in a post-totalitarian world of stories of this sort lies in the ability to story them in words: to make-believe the future is describable. [JC]

Mircea Cărtărescu

born Bucharest, Romania: 1 June 1956

works (highly selected)

  • Visul ["The Dream"] (Bucharest, Romania: Cartea Românească, 1989) [binding unknown/]
    • Nostalgia (Bucharest, Romania: Cartea Românească/Bucharest, Romania: Humanitas, 1993) [uncensored version of the above: binding unknown]
      • Nostalgia (New York: New Dimensions, 2005) [trans by Julian Semilian of the above: hb/]
  • Solenoid (Bucharest, Romania: Humanitas, 2015) [binding unknown/]

collections and stories

  • Enciclopedia zmeilor ["Encyclopedia of Dragons"] (Bucharest, Romania: Humanitas, 2002) [coll: binding unknown/]


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