Norman Manea, Romania's most famous contemporary author, twice has survived the grip of totalitarian regimes. No stranger to exile, he mines its complexities and disorientations in this extraordinarily compelling novel, The Lair. Exile in the motherland and away from it is the shared plight of his protagonists. Nowhere at home, they move through their lives in a continuousNorman Manea, Romania's most famous contemporary author, twice has survived the grip of totalitarian regimes. No stranger to exile, he mines its complexities and disorientations in this extraordinarily compelling novel, The Lair. Exile in the motherland and away from it is the shared plight of his protagonists. Nowhere at home, they move through their lives in a continuous, ever-elusive quest for national and individual identity. Manea's characters seek a place and a voice in America, only to discover that the shackles of their native totalitarian and nationalist ideologies are impossible to break.Manea's themes and narrative approach are intricate: his style fluctuates in correspondence with the instability of his characters' lives, his story is encased within an elaborate network of allusions and paradoxes. Yet in the midst of the novel's overriding disorientation, the author establishes intersections and uncovers the universal. Through the predicaments of his perpetual outsiders, he offers a poignant assessment of the conflicts of the individual in the age of globalization. He writes with unmatched intensity and a unique sensitivity to the human tragicomedy....
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The Lair Reviews
Romanian. With plenty of his in English. This year he wins the Premio FIL de Literatura en Lenguas Romances. http://www.complete-review.com/saloon...
Norman Manea’s Best Translated Book Award longlisted novel The Lair is a complex head scratcher that strives to be so intellectually stimulating that it borders on being nearly impenetrable. The initial setup is fairly straightforward; everything that follows that is anything but.Three highly intelligent Romanian émigrés arrive on United States soil and immediately express their disdain for all things capitalism and in a more general sense, the very ways people go about their daily American lives. It’s not all bad though. The three seem enamored with New York City for example, which one of them refers to as “the city on the moon” and there’s a delightful bit towards the end where one of them expresses his belief that the terrorists that were responsible for the horrific 9/11 attacks got it wrong because they toppled the World Trade Center towers, but left the libraries standing untouched and intact.READ MORE:http://www.typographicalera.com/the-l...
Five stars for the first 100 pages. Then it settled in, but finished very well in my estimation. There were a lot of individual sentences in here that I just loved, which isn't often the case in translated books.I don't know if I can say much about the plot. Academic Romanian exiles deal with their past and present (often at the same time without always letting the reader know which it is). There's a woman that's connected to all of them. The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon happen. There may or may not be a conspiracy to assassinate several of them. Other things.I'm glad I read this, and I think a second read and careful study would reveal a lot more. Not sure I'll ever get that chance, but it's a nice thought.
The kind of book you have to adjust to... Such an intense mix of heady and sensory and conceptual. That Eastern European flare for philosophical politics or political philosophies or what have you. Explores concepts of individualism, pragmatism, nationalism, hope, deceit, exile, obituary, book as refuge, the innocent party claiming guilt, transcendentalism, health, longing... The Borges/Labirynth/Minotaur tie in was key for me. Lead protag Professor Gora's insistence that the 9/11 bombers failed because they didn't destroy the Library is sort of the meta of the book, and this aspect is what I loved most about it.
Brilliiant!! Norman Manea's writes 4 incredibly different chapters without being trapped in his own stunt. Technically perfect. The Lair is a beautiful story about exile. I loved the philosophical matrix that drives the last two chapters and twists the story at a point that was starting to read almost as a thriller. Existentialism at its best, I'm amazed and I will definitely go through more of his work.