1999
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Stefan Valeriu, a young Romanian student, holidays alone in the Alps, where he soon becomes entangled in romantic relationships with three different women who pass through his guesthouse. We follow Stefan after his return to Paris as he reflects on the women in his life, at times playing the lover, and at others observing shrewdly from the periphery. Women's four interlinked stories offer nuanced and deeply moving portraits of romantic relationships in all their complexity, from unrequited love and passionate affairs to tepid marriages of convenience. In light, elegant prose, Mihail Sebastian, widely regarded as the greatest Romanian writer of the 20th century, explores longing, otherness, empathy, and regret.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780241442906
Series: Penguin European Writers
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 5 Nov 2020
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L) x 1.1(W)
Weight (gm): 127

 

Reviews

I love Sebastian's courage, his lightness, and his wit -- John Banville
Sebastian belongs in the pantheon of classic authors * New Statesman *
A compelling portrait of desire * Kirkus *
Nothing I have read is more affecting than Mihail Sebastian's magnificent, haunting 1934 novel, For Two Thousand Years. -- Philippe Sands * Guardian Books of the Year 2016 *
His prose is like something Chekhov might have written - the same modesty, candour, and subtleness of observation -- Arthur Miller
Sebastian's observations of the complex physical and emotional details of romantic intrigue are perceptive and affectionate....these concise stories...showcase Sebastian's brilliant eye for emotional detail * Publishers Weekly *
If there is any justice [Sebastian's] posthumous profile will increase * Herald Scotland *
Sebastian died a victim of an automobile accident in 1946, having survived the Second World War and the Holocaust. That fatal moment robbed the literary world of a unique voice * New York Journal of Books *
A minor masterpiece of voice, mood and emotion * Irish Times *

 

Author Biography

Mihail Sebastian (Author) Mihail Sebastian was born in Romania in 1907 as Iosef Hecter. He worked as a lawyer and writer until anti-Semitic legislation forced him to abandon his public career. Having survived the war and the Holocaust, he was killed in a road accident early in 1945 as he was crossing the street to teach his first class. His long-lost diary, Journal 1935-1944- The Fascist Years, was published to great acclaim in the late 1990s. John Banville (Introducer) John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fourteen previous novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He was recently awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. He lives in Dublin.
Women
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