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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University of Plymouth Press (14 Nov. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1841022071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841022079
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 23 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Blecher has often been compared to Kafka (and not without reason), Occurrence also anticipates Sartre's La Nausee (1938). The strongest connection, however, is with Salvador Dali. Like Dali's 'soft clocks', everything here is about to melt. It is as though Blecher's world is always on the verge of ontological collapse; from behind the veil of things, nothingness stares out at him. Blecher was openly facinated by Dali as an inventor of the 'paranoiac critical method'. In a letter, he confessed: 'The ideal of writing would be a translation into literary form of the heightened tension exhibited by Salvador Dali's painting. That's what I want to accomplish - that cold madness of his, perfectly readable and essential'. --Times Literary Supplement, 6 August 2010, Costica Bradatan

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A poet and prose-writer, Blecher offers a harrowing account of the 'bizarre adventure of being a man' drawing upon his experience of being diagnosed with tuberculosis of the spine in 1928. He was treated in various sanatoria in France, Switzerland and Romania where he spent much of his time corresponding with Geo Bogza, Mihail Sebastian, André Breton, André Gide, Martin Heidegger and Ilarie Voronca, and sporadically collaborated with Le Surréalisme au service de la révolution and Les Feuillets inutiles.

Ovid Crohmalniceanu a prominent communist era and post-war critic considers Max Blecher akin to Kafka, Bruno Schulz or Robert Walser is above all the faculty of inhabiting misfortune... Things emerge from their neutrality and besiege him, seeking to fascinate or terrorise him.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Blecher 1 Dec. 2009
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This autobiographical fiction offers an intimate and unsettling account of Blecher's ideas of self-identity and the body. He explores the 'crisis of unreality' in relation to the human condition and shares his adolescent experiences of physical infirmity, social isolation and sexual awakening.

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Anca Boeriu is one of Romania's leading artists and is influenced by human bodies that are in a state of tension. There is a clear relationship between Boeriu's art and Blecher's condition which left him incapacitated for the last 10 years of his life.

A poet and prose-writer, Blecher offers a harrowing account of the 'bizarre adventure of being a man' drawing upon his experience of being diagnosed with tuberculosis of the spine in 1928. He was treated in various sanatoria in France, Switzerland and Romania where he spent much of his time corresponding with Geo Bogza, Mihail Sebastian, André Breton, André Gide, Martin Heidegger and Ilarie Voronca, and sporadically collaborated with Le Surréalisme au service de la révolution and Les Feuillets inutiles.

Ovid Crohmalniceanu a prominent communist era and post-war critic considers Max Blecher akin to Kafka, Bruno Schulz or Robert Walser is above all the faculty of inhabiting misfortune... Things emerge from their neutrality and besiege him, seeking to fascinate or terrorise him.

Max Blecher was born on 8 September 1909 in Boto'ani, a provincial town in northern Moldavia, also the birthplace of a number of other important Romanian writers, such as late-Romantic poet Mihai Eminescu, historian Nicolae Iorga, avant-garde poet and artist Isidore Isou (the inventor of "lettrisme"), and, more recently, novelist Dan Lungu. Up until the Second World War, Boto'ani was an ethnically and culturally diverse town, whose population was made up of Romanians, Jews, Armenians, Greeks, Roma and Lipovians (Russian Old Believers whose ancestors had fled persecution during the time of Peter the Great). At the turn of the century, Jews made up almost half of the town's population. Max Blecher was the son of a merchant from the town's Jewish community. While he was still a young child, Blecher's family moved to Roman, a Moldavian town south of Boto'ani, in the county of Neam', where his father opened a porcelain shop. The petty bourgeois Jewish milieu of provincial Moldavia is memorably evoked in his autobiographical Întîmpl'ri în irealitatea imediat' (Occurrences in the Immediate Unreality) (1936), for example in the settings of Eugene's sewing machine shop or the house and office of Blecher's uncle and cousins, the Webers.
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