By Norman Manea
In cool, designated prose, and with an unerring experience of the absurd, the 4 novellas of Compulsory Happiness create an image of lifestyle in a ugly police nation, expressing terror and wish, worry and unity, the funny triviality of the normal, and the painful look for an ideal.
"Norman Manea's 4 novellas, written throughout the later Ceausescu years, supply a similar distinction to different jap eu dissident writing. rather than the vigorous irony, the ebullient absurdism, the sharp-eyed wit, we discover a dreamy disconnection, a voice that surprise has diminished, an air of sweetness pushed mad."—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
"Mr. Manea's voice is substantially new, and we're blessedly woke up and alerted through the call for his fiction makes on our understanding."—Lore Segal, New York instances booklet Review
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