Den gamle mannen och officeren : [roman]

by Mircea Eliade

Other authorsBarbro Andersson
Paper Book, 1978



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Stockholm ; Firenze : Coeckelberghs, 1978 ;


"The conflict between myth and technology and the impact of totalitarianism is explored in the tale of an elderly schoolteacher who, while looking for a former pupil, is held for questioning by Communist officials in Romania."--Goodreads

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LibraryThing member dom61uk
An elderly ex-teacher pays a surprise visit on one of his ex-pupils, only to discover that the student, now a top government official, denies ever having met him. Summoned by the secret police to explain how he knew of the bureaucrat's existence, the old man serves up a series of long, meandering
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tales, each more extraordinary than the last, and more reminiscent of Latin-American magical realism than the stark reality of Eastern Europe under communism.

Hardly an in-depth appraisal of life in communist Romania, but a fascinating (and entertaining) read nevertheless.
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121 p.; 22 cm


9172501065 / 9789172501065
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