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The Lair [Hardcover]

Norman Manea , Oana Sanziana Marian

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April 9 2012 The Margellos World Republic of Letters

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 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Tra edition (April 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300179944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300179941
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #779,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

A New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice”
(New York Times)

“Compelling”—Tess Lewis, Arts Fuse
(Tess Lewis Arts Fuse)

“Great imaginative energy . . . an elaborate, intricate, delicate narrative structure, balanced just so . . . The Lair shows us life as a richly incomplete and unresolved experience.”—Reginald Gibbons, TriQuarterly
(Reginald Gibbons TriQuaterly)

Longlisted by Three Percent for their 2013 Best Translated Book in Fiction.
(Translation Book Award Three Percent 2013-06-07)

About the Author

Norman Manea is Francis Flournoy Professor of European Culture and writer-in-residence at Bard College. Oana Sânziana Marian is a poet, translator, photographer, and filmmaker.

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