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Plicul Negru Reading, still reading Sign of unhappiness, all this reading, rightMost of The Black Envelope reviews posted on Goodreads express puzzlement or confusion or simply annoyance It s not difficult to understand their frustration, for the novel is one of those exasperating books that, although very well written, prove hard to love, probably because of their too obvious intellectuality In other words, they ask for a second degree reading in Umberto Eco s terms, that is , since a first degree reading would require a reader always on the lookout and besides with a passion for jigsaws since the main technique used is, as Matei Calinescu correctly observed, the cryptic writing.Published for the first time in a Socialist Romania, where every presumed subversive idea had to be disguised in one way or another to pass censorship, The Black Envelope has become thus a wonderful illustration of Borges s observation that censorship is the mother of metaphor The novel language is amply metaphorical, often turning into allegory The confusion of a rheumatic morning The tomcat coiled in the pipe, muttering confusing warnings The key turning rusty words in the rusty lock The stylistic mastery is astounding, displaying a refined imagery that brands Norman Manea s style Suggestive descriptions, of desolate I ve written before in this space about how foolish it is to decide a book is bad because you didn t understand it, and generally of the terrible and terribly frequent error in imagining that no one could possibly be smarter than you are Black Envelope is a difficult novel to review, in so far as despite a serious, determined effort, large portions of it remained essentially obscure to me Part of that is deliberate to the degree that there is a plot, large portions of it are never explained, nor does it come to any sort of concrete resolution Likewise, the reader is obviously meant to be experiencing, to some limited degree, the same feelings of frustration, futility, and lingering madness are as the characters, laboring beneath the oppressive regime of Romanian communism Still is it fair to complain about a book being too gnomic, when that is so clearly the author s intent If so, then I am hereby officially complaining about it W i managed to slog my way through this whole book, but it was quite a struggle i kind of liked the writing, but didn t really understand the book at all and the plot, if there was one, was incomprehensible i had plans to get a couple of his other books, but don t think i will bother now. Obra dif cil, casi imposible, a ratos hipn tica, casi siempre ca tica, torrencial, deslavazada, este fresco sobre la Bucarest de los 80 es tambi n una s tira sobre los desastres de la dictadura de Ceaucescu y sobre los fantasmas del pasado fascista, a n demasiado presente en una contin Manea s dark postmodern novel shows a lot of promise, but it is ever vague and confusing Yes, this is the effect Manea s after because he wants the reader to have a sense of life in Fascist Romania however, his technique is so effective that th Cite ti, mai cite ti Semn de nefericire, lectura, nuMajoritatea recenziilor Plicului negru postate pe Goodreads de c tre cititori str ini exprim fie nedumerirea, fie confuzia sau enervarea Nu e greu de n eles frustrarea lor, c ci romanul este una dintre c r ile acelea iritante care, de i foarte bine scrise, s nt greu de iubit, probabil din cauza caracterului prea intelectual Altfel spus, necesit o lectur exclusiv de gradul al doilea n termeni umbertoechieni, vreau s zic , n contextul n care o lectur de gradul nt i ar presupune un efort mult prea sus inut din partea unui cititor prea lene sau prea lipsit de talent rebusist de a citi necontenit printre r nduri chiar dac realizeaz nc de la nceput c principala tehnic folosit este, a a cum observa i Matei C linescu, scrierea criptic.E tiut, desigur, c romanul a ap rut pentru prima dat n Rom nia socialist , unde orice idee presupus subversiv trebuia camuflat pentru a trece de cenzur In cazul Plicului negru, acest lucru a fost un incontestabil c tig, o minunat ilustrare a observa iei lui Borges, c cenzura e mama metaforei Romanul este plin de metafore sugestive, care se transform adesea n alegoriiConfuzia unei dimine i reumatice Cotoiul n urubat n burlan, morm ind avertismente confuze Cheia r sucind cuvinte ruginite n broasca ruginit M iestria stilistic a lui Norman Manea este uluitoare, i din acest punct de vedere, lectura este un izvor nesecat de imagini In Ciuda Structurii Sale Atat De Complexe Asemanatoare Multora Dintre Romanele Moderniste De La Musil La Mann, De La Kafka La Robbe Grillet , Cartea Minutios Construita A Lui Manea Este In Esenta Un Mister Psihologic, Istoria Cautarii Unei Organizatii Oculte, Povestea Unui Anchetator Care Isi Pierde Mintile Si, Pana La Urma, Un Foarte Ingenios Construit Puzzle Linear Romanul Lui Manea, Probabil Cea Mai Stralucita Realizare A Sa De Pana Acum, Construieste O Lume Fictionala Care Este In Chip Enigmatic Suficienta Siesi Si, In Acelasi Timp, Neasteptat De Revelatorie Pentru Ceea Ce Unul Dintre Personaje Numeste Psihologia Claustrarii , A Singuratatii Si A Exilului Matei Calinescu Plicul Negru Al Lui Norman Manea O Capodopera Tumultuoasa Si Tulburatoare Corriere Della Sera Din Plicul Negru Cititorul Invata Despre Duplicitatea Perfida A Sistemului Totalitar Ceausist Mai Mult Decat Din Zeci De Eseuri Politice World Literature Today Realism Magic In Varianta Central Europeana, Patruns De Umor Negru Si Satira Amara Un Roman De Rar Nivel Artistic Aftenposten Dens Si Stralucit Roman Times Literary Supplement Marele Roman Al Lui Norman Manea Despre Romania Suddeutsche Zeitung Citind Plicul Negru, Ne Am Putea Aminti Nocivul Lapte Negru Al Tangoului Mortii De Celan Sau Atmosfera Claustrofoba A Terorii In Crestere Din Badenheim 1939 De Appelfeld The New York Times Book Review How anyone can make progress through this is beyond me The narrative is all over the place, the plot remains a promise glinting on the horizon but never reached I ve read a few Romanian writers and, in this instance, I can t help but wonder if the fault in pinning the whole thing down into some Baffling Exquisite Disorienting Bleak Strange Dreamy Hopeful Mysterious Ominous Amusing Corrosive Maddening Sly Erudite Disastrous Grimy Fleeting Brash Meditative Supple Colorful Ashen Allegorical Layered Memorable Percussive Stilted Flippant Insane. I had high hopes for this, especially after the guy in my local bookshop told me when I took it to the till that he was also reading it, and that the reading was good.But, it s almost completely incompreh

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About the Author: Norman Manea

Norman Manea is a Jewish Romanian writer and author of short fiction, novels, and essays about the Holocaust, daily life in a communist state, and exile He lives in the United States, where he is the Francis Flournoy Professor of European Culture and writer in residence at Bard College.He left Romania in 1986 with a DAAD Berlin Grant and in 1988 went to the US with a Fulbright Scholarship at the