Iarna decanului

Iarna decanului Romanul Iarna decanului este rezultatul autobiografic al calatoriei lui Saul Bellow in Bucurestiul comunist din anii Aflat in trecere prin capitala Romaniei decanul Corde personajul principal al r

  • Title: Iarna decanului
  • Author: Saul Bellow Antoaneta Ralian
  • ISBN: 9789734619795
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Romanul Iarna decanului este rezultatul autobiografic al calatoriei lui Saul Bellow in Bucurestiul comunist din anii 70 Aflat in trecere prin capitala Romaniei, decanul Corde personajul principal al romanului descrie insolita experienta bucuresteana ca pe o scurta vacanta , accidentata la tot pasul de peisaje sumbre de viata cotidiana si agresata frecvent de imposibRomanul Iarna decanului este rezultatul autobiografic al calatoriei lui Saul Bellow in Bucurestiul comunist din anii 70 Aflat in trecere prin capitala Romaniei, decanul Corde personajul principal al romanului descrie insolita experienta bucuresteana ca pe o scurta vacanta , accidentata la tot pasul de peisaje sumbre de viata cotidiana si agresata frecvent de imposibilitatea dialogului, in cele mai elementare forme ale sale.

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    1. Astonishing by FAR Bellow's most accomplished book. Tender, intelligent, passionate, death-hauntedof course, it is Bellow! -- perfectly constructed, far richer in both plot and character than one usually expects from Bellow coherenteven the intellectual moments are so much more throughly digested and the poetics of the final movement. just a masterpiece.

    2. This is the story of Albert Corde, a college dean whose Roumanian astronomer wife, Minna, defected to the West with the encouragement and help of her intellectual mother, Dr. Valeria Raresh. Now Dr. Raresh has suffered a stroke, and the Cordes are in Bucharest where the secret police and a bitter bureaucracy is denying them the right to visit to her in the hospital. The depictions of these intellectual women are sublime, especially coming from an author who neglected his female characters in the [...]

    3. This is the most powerful of Bellow's novels I've read to date. An aging journalist turned college dean, caught up in situations which emphasize the personal ramifications of the social political storms raging at home and the unforgiving communist bureaucracy of his wife's homeland of Rumania. Haunted by hostile politically correct reactions to his recent freelance articles, Albert Corde maintains a caring and moral course while questioning his own motivations. A chance encounter with a childhoo [...]

    4. Now I understand why teachers dissuade overuse of parenthetical notes. I have come to really dislike the protagonist -- I cannot think of another text that has ever affected me in that way --, as well as Bellow's overuse of the words "feminine," "female," and "lady" to describe anything a woman does. "Female generosity" on page 143, "feminine poise" on page 107, "lady phrases" on 92, "feminized tobacco flavor" on page 90, "female bittersweet fragrance" on page 87, "feminine claims" and "broad fe [...]

    5. Bellow’s reputation as a remarkable prose stylist shows here in the way he uses detail to foreshadow. The heightened use of contrast, too, sets the book apart from his other novels; the story itself follows the same template used for Bellow's other novels – the lives of the urban, upper class and educated. What's different this time is a striking aspect of the protagonist here: an ability to express the utter devastation of life in the American underclass. The unflinching exploration of clas [...]

    6. This was another beautiful story from Bellow but quite a bit more melancholy that the others I have read (Herzog, Augie March, Mr Sammler's Planet, Seize the Day). I liked the Albert Corde character and his wife Minna. Perhaps with the fall of the iron curtain and the disappearance of the hideous dictatorship in Hungary, some of the political weight of the text is lost, but the primary story is really the Dean and his childhood friend am"nd the Dean's own acceptance of himself. Bellow is always [...]

    7. The Dean's December is set back in the early '80's when (I guess - need to check the dates) Communist control in Eastern Europe was still in place. The book centers on a middle aged, intellectual Dean who accompanies his wife to Bucharest to be with her mother for her final days of life. The book is mostly conversations and thoughts that the Dean has over the month of December - with the narrative pivoting between events in Bucharest and some chaos that the Dean has left behind in his native Chi [...]

    8. This is gentle and somewhat sedate but every thing that happens in it resonates -- I suppose some people must play a billion notes to enthrall you and some can play a few carefully placed harmonies and seduce you with their fictional worlds.

    9. بخورد تمدن شرقی کونیستی با غربی و رماه داری ،مردی درگیر و دار مشکل با همسرش،دوستی ای باز یافته،و شخصیاتی سردر گم در این رمان مشهوده!

    10. An effortlessly smooth read as the mood of the book - gloomy and blue - fitted the mood I was experiencing on my return to a culture I feel both alienated and depressed by.The main character comes across as a slight outsider, due to his high levels of intelligence, awareness, and pessimistic views that at times border faintly on outright nihilism. We follow him on his travels as he wearily enters the communist state of Bucharest, contrasting colourfully with the comfortable and yet sour city of [...]

    11. "The Dean's December" is one of the more oddly constructed novels I've read of Bellow. The "action" takes place in Romania (or "Rumania" in Bellow's spelling) around 1980 while the protagonist is awaiting the death and funeral of his mother-in-law. He's a journalist turned academic and Dean in a very prominent Chicago university that is not UC or Northwestern (!). The narrative oddness is that we get the problems that he left behind in Chicago only through secondhand sources and therefore the in [...]

    12. Opening - CORDE, WHO LED THE LIFE of an executive in America - wasn't a college dean a kind of executive? - found himself six or seven thousand miles from his base, in Bucharest, in winter, shut up in an old-fashioned apartment.I have been assiduously sipping some of this after meals as a strong stomach is needed. Bellow seems to have loaded up a whole magazine of punctuation into his sawn off iQuill and peppered the text. It is everywhere, and doing damage to the flow of the story. An interesti [...]

    13. Iarna decanului nu e o carte uşoară. Nu aş recomanda-o ca lectură de vacanţă decât în cazul unui scenariu mai izolat, de plecat prin munţi şi rupt legăturile cotidiene cu lumea – caz în care cartea îţi va confirma că nu puteai face o alegere mai bună decât să te retragi un pic.Decanul este chiar Saul Bellow, iar iarna cea a anului 1977, când scriitorul american vine în România, împreună cu soţia sa Alexandra, reputat om de ştiinţă în State, fiica profesorului Dumitr [...]

    14. From a stylistic point of view, The Dean's December can be pretty impressive. Bellow's prose stands out a the most fantastic part of this book. Some writers have a knack for pacing, plot, or characters; Bellow makes whatever he's writing sound good, frequently bordering on poetry. Too bad there isn't much of those other aspects (pacing, plot, characters, etc.). This is a character study, where a clever man has painted himself into a corner, professionally, and is dealing with an impending death [...]

    15. My first exposure to Saul Bellow, in some ways The Dean's December is exactly the kind of book I don't much like. There are plenty of literary references that mean little or nothing to me, and the characters indulge in enough jargon-laced philosophizing to float several overladen dissertations. And yet even though very little happens, there is a lot going on. Beyond the academic angst the book is full of down-to-earth details that bring even minor characters to life in a world that somehow offer [...]

    16. I think this is the first book I have given less than three stars to. Oh, Saul Bellow is so smart, look how smart he is! Sympathize with his alter ego, a totally unsympathetic character! Life is so hard when your mother in law is dying in Communist Romania! Life is so hard when you've stirred up a load of trouble in Chicago! It's especially hard when you hate Chicago, which I think Bellow, who grew up there, did when he wrote this book. I'm not a fan.

    17. Saul is an excellent writer and approaches many sensitive subjects in this novel. I was often unsure where he was going regarding race relations, but upon finishing decided it was a reflection of the main character's real confusion. I think the novel still pertains to many urban realities that people face today.

    18. I may have liked this more had I not read it on the heels of Algren's The Man with the Golden Arm. After Algren, this book was very old fashioned and slow. I found the character of Albert Corde unlikable and I got to a point where I just didn't care what happened to him.

    19. تو كجا با تصوير فاجعه رو به رو شدي؟؟؟؟در كودكي.در كتابخانه ي پدرم

    20. Albert Corde is not exactly a self-made man; he comes from a wealthy Chicago family - as his old friend, Dewey Spangler, couldn't fail to notice, Corde's father drove a Packard. But even if Corde isn't a self-made man, he did make himself into a world-reknowned journalist. And then he unmade himself. Deciding he'd had enough of current events, he returned to Chicago and took on a position as a professor, and later Dean of Students, at a local university. He married a brilliant astronomer and set [...]

    21. Less exuberant than earlier Bellow works I've read, The Dean's December feels both timely in its preoccupations with race and the storyteller's prerogative, and also a bit dated in some of its presumptions about the novelist's terrain. The story pings between Chicago and Bucharest--Western license contrasting with then-Iron Curtain totalitarianism--while unveiling the decline of the protagonist's mother-in-law and his own travails as a writer who has inserted himself in sociological debate clums [...]

    22. Dark and gloomy, this lacks the exuberance of Bellow's better work (Augie March, Herzog, Sammler), and is badly dated.Bellow goes, as ever, for big universal questions about humanity and civilisation. But he does it through comparing Ceaușescu-era Bucharest and Carter-era Chicago, and suggests that the decay of those cities said something important and terminal about the state of the western world. Perhaps they once did, but Bellow's premise seems obsolete now as both cities are in much better [...]

    23. It hurts. But it hurts good. It's about non-politacal people getting into politics. It does a good job of bringing a problem of a personal nature to the world stage. I enjoyed the uplifting ending which takes place in the cold miraclulous mysterious horrors of space and space dust and force. "Astrophysics for people in a hurry" turned out to be a good next read. He won the Nobel, Pulitzer, and National Medal. I'm kind of dreadding reading his other works, but I'm sure I will.

    24. Following the thoughts and limited action of a thoroughly pathetic individual did not make for a worthwhile read.

    25. Saul Bellow’s writing is muscular and sinuous at once, able to capture the quotidian and the abstruse in a single cascade of words that runs fluently from capital to period. What’s intriguing about this almost claustrophobic novel is that Bellow is able to fill the confines of the small flat in Romania with incident that stretches back in time and space to Chicago many months before, and which in real time will end there as well. There are no abrupt transitions from the present to moments in [...]

    26. Given the reputation of the author you are expecting something profound and insightful - and the book doesn't disappoint. The story is good enough to enjoy on its own fictional merits without straining to identify some subliminal narrative. This I guess is the gift of the great authors, the ability to tell a story which resonates as well with the occasional reader as it does with the intellectual.

    27. This is a book about an aging man's preoccupations, set against the cold December gloom of Eastern Europe in the dying years of the Soviet regime (with glimpses of Chicago). What kept me going were beautifully crafted, lyrical passages that I marked as I read so I could go back and savor them again. Like this one, as protagonist Corde meets with his boyhood friend (and enemy) after the funeral of Corde's mother-in-law, Valeria:"He gave Dewey plenty of time. He himself was under the influence of- [...]

    28. Am citit cartea sub impresia puternica a recenziei favorabile scrise de traducatoarea Antoineta Ralian, exprimata in " Toamna Decanei", in dialog cu Radu Paraschivescu, titlu ce face trimitere la romanul lui Bellow. Puternicul continut autobiografic si plasarea actiunii in Romania comunista, pe care scriitorul o descrie cu o deosebita acuratete - fapt pentru care a fost declarat persona non grata de catre regimul comunist al anilor 80 - au fost principalele motive pentru care am fost curioasa sa [...]

    29. This is an accomplished work, which apparently sold over 100,000 copies in hard back. Quite something, but maybe in 1982 waiting for the book to come out in paperback is a bit like waiting for the DVD of a film to come out today. This is my first venture into a Saul Bellow work, and I enjoyed it to the point that I have now picked up another Saul Bellow from my wife's bookshelves (She has a better taste in literature than I do). I note that I complained a lot about the number of brackets in "The [...]

    30. I had read before "Mr. Sammler's Planet" by the same author, and I remember I liked it more. This is not the case of this novel, which excels in a pretty bland writing, sometimes tangled or even diffuse, but not in the good way. There's not much going on here: a visit of the main character in his wife's origin country (that is Ceausescu's Romania) for his mother-in-law's falling ill and eventually death, juxtaposed with the evolution of a trial in a murder case, back in the States, of which we l [...]

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