Allan Kornblum, the founder of Coffee House Press, has recently passed away. Allan was a dear friend and mentor. He will be deeply missed.
See the Star Tribune for a tribute to Allan’s life and work.
Cartarescu’s magical mystery tour has begun. Memories warp into fantasies and cityscape melts in and out of dreamscape. Segments of realism (the narrator’s family’s history, his country’s Soviet occupation) serve as springboards to great swaths of surrealism, much of it nightmarish (marauding zombie armies, statues that come to life). We get gypsy folklore, bloody legends, close-up anatomical detail and grotesque erotic reveries.
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