Romanian literature

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are you trying to learn Romanian? Don’t bother, anything written by a Romanian that’s worth reading was written in French.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >anything written by a Romanian that’s worth reading was written in French.
      examples?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Cioran, Tzara, Ionesco

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          thanks

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >pessimistic gay who abandoned his political romanianism to become some french existentialist whiner
          >dadaist leftist and total anomaly in interwar romania
          >whiner israelite leftist whose sole fame is from crying about how everybody else was right wing

          humiliation ritual

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Tzara was also a israelite
            so was Max Blecher, another great writer from here, it just happens

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Claude Sernet, Gherasim Luca, Isidore Isou (all israelites).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      And somehow the exceptions just gain from being translated into French as well. I was considering a rebuttal and that's what I got instead. Unfortunate

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >And somehow the exceptions just gain from being translated into French as well.
        Romanian had a mostly slavic vocabulary at some point but they got insecure about it and boosted their previously faint latinism by mass importing romance into their language in the 18-19th century but making some strange job out of it. At this level of larping, they would have been better off just speaking French.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Some of Eminescu's political pamphlets are getting translated lately
    https://counter-currents.com/2021/04/mihai-eminescu/
    https://counter-currents.com/2024/04/introduction-to-mihai-eminescus-old-icons-new-icons/

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Most inspiring book I ever read was For My Legionaries by Codreanu

    https://ia902807.us.archive.org/29/items/ForMyLegionariesCorneliuZeleaCodreanu/For%20My%20Legionaries%20-%20Corneliu%20Zelea%20Codreanu.pdf

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Came here to post this. Codreanu was a great man.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Meant to post this.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It's a lot easier to find this in English than in Romanian.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    For me it's Vasile Voiculescu and Lucian Blaga, but I doubt there's much in English.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Vaseline Volcelescu

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I can't believe I made this picture 10 years ago

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Only ever read the first in the Blinding trilogy by Mircea Cărtărescu and I highly reccomend it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Do you know if "Nostalgia", also written by him, is any good?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I only ever read Blinding but as far as I know that's also considered one of his better books. Also, most if not all of his books seem to deal with the same central theme which is nostalgia.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I haven't read all of it but the Russian roulette part was pretty good.

          Thanks, anons.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I haven't read all of it but the Russian roulette part was pretty good.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I read it a while ago in an English translation and while I thought it was pretty good I don’t think the translation was very good so I can’t really talk about the prose. He’s very good at symbolism and complex metaphor.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This is the best book about racism ever written. It was written in French but the writer was Romanian.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Alright, alright. Let me just cut to the chase.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Point to one (1) New York Times feature about him.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >New York Times
        lol
        Get over your self-absorbed American narcissism. No one cares about 'american literary scene'. All the prestigious publications in Băicoi and Cămpul Lung Moldovenesc have had lengthy articles about Cărtărescu.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >can't
          Murnane stays champ.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Murnane
            Never heard of her.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/18ssVa5.jpeg

        >New York Times
        lol
        Get over your self-absorbed American narcissism. No one cares about 'american literary scene'. All the prestigious publications in Băicoi and Cămpul Lung Moldovenesc have had lengthy articles about Cărtărescu.

        There is one, moron
        nytimes.com/2022/12/03/books/review/mircea-cartarescu-solenoid.html
        That being said, nobody cares about amerihomosexualry

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >most intelligent gypsy shill
          That's a review, actual moron.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    CHADIORAN

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    eliade

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Nicolae Steinhardt's The Happiness Diary.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw there are foreigners who read more romanian authors than I did
    Never touched a romanian book in my life, I just went for the ancient greeks tbh. I guess I liked Death of the Deer but that's a poem and those don't translate well.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Shame on you.

      t. Romanian

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Eh, we don't even have a national epic like the finn's Kalevala or even the irish's Tain Bo. You can hardly claim we're a nation of writers, my reading time is better aimed elsewhere.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          What are you even talkin about? The Romanian national epic is Balada Mesterului Manolo.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Half of these aren't even epics.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >The Romanian national epic is Balada Mesterului Manolo.
            kek, never thought about it like that. Quite fitting for a country like this, especially the part where they leave the craftsmen who helped build the monastery stranded on the rooftop to starve to death.

            https://i.imgur.com/mdjAz79.jpeg

            Meant to post this.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Read the book. Like America now, israelites ruined a nation and people.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    see pic rel

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Automatically saved!

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Goga & Rebreanu most right wing nazi on chart
      >Goga & Rebreanu only two people on chart who spoke Hungarian fluently
      I'm proud

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Pentru mine, e Caragiale.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    By chance this one used books store that dumps uncataloged shit online has posted what seems to be a book by a romanian writer called Gheorgiu called the 25th hour. I know nothing about this book, is it worth picking up for 4€?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      If you like anti-communist literature, yeah it's a good one.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Somewhat ambivalent as far as that is concerned, the only thing I really dislike is when a book is too concerned with showing how terrible a political system the author doesn't like is that it becomes caricature, you know? But is it actually a good book politics aside?

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm a Hungarian and I consider it a bigger embarrassment than losing Transylvania that Romanian literature mogs our literature from the last three hundred years so hard despite Romania being, well, Romania. One Eliade, Cioran, Rebreanu or Blaga is worth more than any Hungarian author from the last three hundred years.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      as an anglo that's interesting, because i've discovered loads of hungarian lit that is fricking amazing, and almost no romanian lit. maybe it hasn't been translated or had the same attention
      but i fricking love krasznahorkai, szabo, kosztolanyi, szerb and a buncha other books i've only read one of an author of to the point where i see that if it's a hungarian author i snap pick it and it's always great.
      whereas with consciously looking i've only really seen carterescu for romanians - i enjoyed solenoid but found nostalgia a chore
      i'm also a classical musician and have found so much more interesting hungarian music than romanian. bartok, kodaly, kurtag ligeti. there's no one romanian i can think of lol. they just seem kinda artistically barren

      how do you feel about those hungarian authors i mentioned? i guess if you don't like them then i probably shouldn't really pay your judgements that much mind

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Why even ask if you aren't interested in getting a real answer? homosexual.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          i'm curious but won't pay it too much mind if the guy has clearly very different tastes to me

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Unreadable. Learn to use uppercase letters, zoomer homosexual.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I really have nothing to say to you but I'd like to offer my condolences to you for writing such a high quality post only for it to be replied to by two morons

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >kurtag ligeti
        >Le epic modernist israeliteerinios

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      based hungarian knows his place

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >someone makes a magnanimous gesture when he could have been hostile and arrogant
        >respond by being hostile and arrogant
        very gyppoish of you

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          i try my best

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          One of Cioran's best pieces IMO is an essay, just a sustained, withering screed about how hatred is a stronger emotion than love, and how when we ACT, when we TAKE ACTION, our primary motivation is to win, to get back at the other guy, to get one over on him. Next to these, things like love and being magnanimous (the word you just used) take a distant second place as motivations for action. It's very edgy (and not always true, he's just pushing an aesthetic idea for its own sake*) but this is what makes it so much fun to read.

          The piece is called Odyssey of Rancor. I was so impressed with it that that I re-read it almost immediately after I had read it the first time, and took notes specifically on it.

          *One section of the essay which isn't actually (fully) true is the idea that it's natural to hold onto grudges, since negative memories are the ones that stick. This is only partly true, however. The point that Cioran is making around this area of the text depends on the example of someone who holds a grudge for a long time, and doesn't let go of it. But in fact adults do let go of grudges regularly, or at least get over them. Not because they're good people, but simply to unburden themselves and it's a pain in the ass to continue to care so hard. Time makes it easier, if not to forgive, then to stop caring as much.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >"beleieve me I'm Hungarian! in fact so Hungarian I have to say it!"
      >t. gypsy

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        [...]

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          so not only you're a gypsy you are either a soft-boned pencil-dick midget or a disgusting woman
          gotcha

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I am not even that poster.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            [...]
            [...]

            >we are not the gypsies you are looking for

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        so not only you're a gypsy you are either a soft-boned pencil-dick midget or a disgusting woman
        gotcha

        [...]

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'm Hungarian and you should kys instead of engaging in these humiliation rituals.
      Just read both homosexual.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Read Németh László's essay, "Kisebbségben", you hígmagyar homosexual. Or "Az asszimiláció kora a magyar irodalomban" by Farkas Gyula. Or if you're feeling particularly spicy, read Szekfű's "Három nemzedék". Our literature and culture in general from the last three hundred years, but especially since the Ausgleich, and absolutely from the commie takeover on, has had nothing to do with us, it wasn't made by us, or for us, nor does it express anything about us or our culture besides how our middle eastern countrymen perceive us (poorly) and themselves (very favorably). Even libs tend to throw that in people's faces, remember the "bőgatya és fütyülős barack" guy, how he said that without israelites, hungarian culture wouldn't amount to anything more than baggy pants and pálinka? Romanians mogging us wasn't supposed to be a compliment to romanians but rather a backhanded insult to us. Like, who on Earth wouldn't be embarrassed to be mogged by fricking romania of all peoples and places?

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don't listen to most of the plebs above, their books are written by shit authors. This is one of the greatest books in Romanian literature if you know Romanian or if you find an english version of it. It's about a sociopathic romanian peasant living in 20th century Transylvania who wants to get rich by manipulating a rich peasants' daughter into marrying him. It's a very good book with a great ending.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Seems interesting, thank you. I'll try to get the German translation (Mitgift) once I have access to a decent library.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Do you like Radu Vancu?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Stop spamming yourself on this Tibetan basket-weaving forum, Radu. Don't you have any more Ezra Pound to translate?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        https://archived.moe/lit/search/text/vancu/

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You can argue whether it really counts as Romanian, but pic related is a good read that's largely overlooked.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Trageți ușa!

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      wtf is going on in that pic?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The village barrelworm alarms a simpleton. Hilarity ensues.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          A treasurer is not a simpleton.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Pacala is Tindala are short stories for children that talk about village lives of rural peasants in Romania, a pastoral picaresque with morality and humor. The main characters are Pacala and Tindala - folkhero tricksters who always get into mischief travelling about and playing pranks. Tindala is a type of forest orphan who travels around doing good deeds. Pacala is a village idiot who has too many children and can't support them or his wife because he is so poor.

        In the picture the village tax collector has added a new tax on the peasants he wants a barrel full of sour cream that is as tall and deep as a man. After great effort the villagers manage to bring him a full barrel, but he is unsatisfied and demands a way for them to measure the cream. But they are not allowed to disturb the cream with any measuring instrument. A mysterious young man appears and offers to do it, if the tax collector promises to take his barrel and leave the villagers alone. The taxman agrees, and the young man strips off his clothes and jumps in the barrel and starts splashing about and drinking the cream.

        The caption reads:
        >I DONT WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN! - screams the taxman

        To me this story captures the spirit of the Romanian people. You want the cream? You can have the cream, buuuuuuut.....

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Pacala SI Tindala. sorry that might be confusing, si means and, but my brain is buck broken by english and i typed is.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Gypsies and the written word do not mix.

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