The Land of Green Plums
Set in Romania at the height of Ceausescu's reign of terror, "The Land of Green Plums" tells the story of a group of young students, each of whom has left the impoverished provinces in search of better prospects in the city. It is a profound illustration of a totalitarian state which comes to... show more
Set in Romania at the height of Ceausescu's reign of terror, "The Land of Green Plums" tells the story of a group of young students, each of whom has left the impoverished provinces in search of better prospects in the city. It is a profound illustration of a totalitarian state which comes to inhabit every aspect of life; to the extent that everyone, event the strongest, must either bend to the oppressors, or resist them and perish.
Publish date: September 3rd 1999
Publisher: Granta Books (UK)
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, German Literature
Yes, of course poetic prose can be beyond annoying and pretentious. But when it works, it works. The Land of Green Plums is dense, blurry, harsh, emotional, intimate and very poetic. It's also effortless, which makes the reading experience even more exciting and disturbing, as I suspect was the writ...
Wstrząsająca lektura. Styl pisarki nieporównywalny z niczym: szorstki a poetycki, język beznamiętny a wstrząsający i walący obuchem w łeb. Inność tej książki i jej klimat trzyma czytelnika i wymaga po skończonej lekturze rytuałów oczyszczających.
I'm guessing this is not for everyone. Very peculiar, but it does set a certain mood.
I looked forward to reading this book. Usually I enjoy poetic, (partially) biographical kinds of books with a stream-of-conscious kind of writing. I can't help but feel that something got lost in translation. It could somehow easily imagine this being a great book in its original language, but at le...