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By Mircea Cartarescu

ISBN-10: 1935744844

ISBN-13: 9781935744849

Half visceral dream-memoir, half fictive trip via a hallucinatory Bucharest, Mircea Cărtărescu’s Blinding used to be some of the most commonly heralded literary sensations in modern Romania, and a bestseller from the day of its free up. Riddled with hidden passageways, spell binding tapestries, and whispering butterflies, Blinding takes us on a magical journey into the protagonist’s adolescence, his thoughts of hospitalization as undefined, the prehistory of his family members, 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 global is either eerily commonly used and profoundly new. Readers of Blinding will emerge from this unusual pilgrimage shaken, and completely remodeled.

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I mentioned this to my grandfather one day when we happened to be alone in the living-room. ” I asked. “Here in Brekkukot we know this clock only very slightly,” he replied. “We only know that it tells the days and the hours right down to seconds. But your grandmother’s great-uncle, who owned this clock for sixty-five years, told me that the previous owner had said that it once told the phases of the moon—before some watchmaker got at it. ” “You must be hearing things, my child,” said my grandfather.

28 THE FISH CAN SING 4 WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE BIBLE? I have now said something about fish, but I have not said anything yet about the Bible. I cannot leave this subject without referring briefly to the price of the Bible in our house. My grandfather Björn of Brekkukot was no bookman. I never knew him to read anything other than the family Book of Sermons by Bishop Jón Vídalín—unless one counts that he sometimes ran his eye over the advertisements in the Ísafold. He read aloud from Vídalín every Sunday just after noon.

And so, when the wind was right, you could hear two bells chiming in harmony in our little turf cottage, the one of silver and the other of copper. Our clock had a decorated face, and in the middle of the ornamentation one could read the legend that this clock had been made by Mr James Cowan of Edinburgh, 1750. It had no doubt been built to stand in some other house than Brekkukot, for its plinth had had to be removed so that it could fit under our ceiling. This clock ticked to a slow and stately measure, and I soon got the notion that no A S T R A N G E C R E AT U R E 7 other clock was worth taking seriously.

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