By Mircea Cartarescu
Half visceral dream-memoir, half fictive trip via a hallucinatory Bucharest, Mircea Cărtărescu’s Blinding used to be probably the most commonly heralded literary sensations in modern Romania, and a bestseller from the day of its liberate. Riddled with hidden passageways, enthralling tapestries, and whispering butterflies, Blinding takes us on a magical journey into the protagonist’s early life, his stories of hospitalization as undefined, the prehistory of his relatives, a touring circus, mystery police, zombie armies, American fighter pilots, the underground jazz scene of latest Orleans, and the install of the communist regime. This kaleidoscopic international is either eerily general and profoundly new. Readers of Blinding will emerge from this unusual pilgrimage shaken, and fully remodeled.
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I frowned. “I have to THE FIRE 45 sleep, Kevin. ” My voice trailed away. ” I jumped, tried to refocus my attention on him. ” I sighed. “No. I hit him with a stick—knocked him out. ” “Wait a minute …” I seemed to drift away from him. It became too much trouble for me to go on listening and trying to understand, too much trouble to answer. I sighed again and closed my eyes. I heard him get up and go away, heard water running somewhere. Then I slept. 6 I was clean when I awoke before dawn the next morning.
He got up. I felt him lift me. ” “Listen, don’t be afraid. ” “No. Look, all he did was hit me a few times. ” Suddenly I had strength again, now that I needed it. “Kevin, I went from here the ﬁrst time, and this second time. And I came back here. ” But he had stopped. “No one who sees you leave or come back will believe it. ” “Please. Just let me sleep. That’s all I need really—rest. The cuts and bruises will heal. ” He took me back to the bed, probably against his better judgment, and put me down.
The four men rushed in with it, and a moment later, three people were shoved, almost thrown out of the cabin. Two of them—a man and woman—were caught by the riders outside who had dismounted, apparently expecting them. The third, a little girl dressed in something long and light colored, was allowed to fall to the ground and scramble away, ignored by the men. She moved to within a few yards of where I lay in the bushes near the edge of the clearing. There was talk in the clearing now, and I began to distinguish words over the distance and through the unfamiliar accents.