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Întoarcerea huliganului Manea's memoir makes for very dense reading but is a fascinating account of a Jewish Romanian writer who survived his family's deportation during WWII to the concentration camps of Transnistria only to live through the Romania's Stalinist 1950s and the horrors of Nicolae Ceaușescu's totalitarian reign before eventually emigrating to the United States Despite the many hardships encountered in his home country Manea's experience abroad has been one of an exile from his language As Carla Baricz explains in the LA Review of Books What makes The Hooligan’s Return such a uniue and celebrated memoir is that it rejects its own form in a way that invokes the complexities of the genre The book does not read like biography The 'facts' act only as anchoring points to a larger theme Manea’s relationship to his mother tongue and the way a writer especially one in exile invents himherself out of language Indeed the memoir is as much about the necessity and the cost of retelling personal narratives as it is about the past it evokes The narrative structure of The Hooligan’s Return seeks various answers to this dilemmaAs such The Hooligan's Return is certainly an intellectual challenge I am not very familiar with Romanian history and culture but I could relate to his many uestions about who we are as individuals what makes us who we are and to what purpose The Hooligan's Return is a harrowing but successful experiment in creative nonfiction Loved the writing At first I felt it was jumpy constantly going back and forth in time and since I knew nothing about his experience and I knew only very vague facts about the 1941 1945 events I was a bit lost; the writing won me over slowly but entirely I found that the jumping in time was a powerful way of showing the pain and the tumult that the author must experience This book marked and enriched me The recent experience under communism and the departure to the US 15 years ago and the returns I found many of my thoughts in his So I made it to around 300 pages and now I want to set it aside I'm feeling a bit guilty about it because the writing is beautiful if dense but Manea writes so circularly revisiting the same storylines from varying perspectives and depths sometimes first person sometimes third and sometimes very confusingly from second person This book is for the patient reader and that's not me right now There's no uestion that Manea is a gifted writer and has a powerful experience to tell The historical experience of the Romanian Jew is fraught with suffering and small triumphs of spirit and I have nothing but respect for Manea's telling of it The two stars is for my impatience not for the uality of his skill I formally object to books that are so pretentious and needlessly intertextual just because the author is an academic I was very annoyed by the author's need to show off It makes me wonder whether the practice of uotation is a strategy of shying away from a tell all account and proving the interconnectedness of life and artwhich is what the book poses as or merely a didactic exerciseIt must be said however was an interesting book and it has a lot of apt comments on life in Communist Romania and Jewish reality before and after the Deportation of Romanian Jews to the Transdniestr region It is definitely worth a read Norman Manea has lived through a lot in his native Romania including a concentration camp during the Second World War and one of the most hard line Communist regimes He ends up in the US a lauded writer with famous writer friends and this is the story of his return to Romania for the first time since then The book’s language metaphor and wide references don’t make for an easy read; Manea is also self obsessed to an industrial level and some uestion his self portrayal as Romanian Dissident No 1 At the same time his prose is lyrical his story gripping and poignant and his erudition an education He is as far from a hooligan as one might be in the modern sense In the old sense of the word an outcast a rebel he clearly considers himself a hooligan and there is plenty of existentialism and even nihilism to back this up And yet even after nearly 400 pages of it I was just left wondering how much he really means it Really interesting memoir about growing up in Communist Romania Good for my research A bit tough to read due to its non linear style but absolutely fascinating Sobering A bit pretentious an extraordinary life an extraordinary memoir Norman Manea is a well known Romanian author who lives in the US since the late 1980's after leaving Romania in 1986; he is also of Jewish origins and had the misfortune of being deported in 1941 as a 5 year old child to Transnistria from where his family returned in 1945 While i was aware of his work and read some of his essays I never really looked carefully at his books until this year's The Lair his new novel originally published in Romanian in 2010 as Vizuina appeared on Net galley and attracted my attention; I have read about a 3rd of it to date and i am uite enjoying it and plan to finish it for an April review but in the meantime I got his memoirs his essay collection On Clowns The Dictator and the Artist and his previous acclaimed novel The Black Envelope Plicul Negru too and as I was in a non fiction mood recently I actually read the memoir To be honest i was slightly disappointed as it was very disjointed and repetitive in parts while being about the author's hurt feelings about his treatment in Romania than about recounting his life I think it would have worked much better as a novel The Lair while not autobiographical per se is in many ways that novel so far than as non fiction as it lacks the lucidity of his essays and truly comes as whining and sputtering in parts; the author may understandably and justifiably feel so but it still makes for occasional cringing reading in a memoir context and it was not uite what i expected after his devastating essays which are so good and to the pointThere are a lot of nuggets in there and a lot of good stuff too so the book is worth reading definitely but I simply expected better and i really hoped for a naming names and exposing deeds' account of the mostly servile literary class under communism that in large part reinvented itself as brave dissidents etc and instead I got the they call me names now as before and I am hurt on way too many pages The long awaited memoir by one of Romania’s greatest living authors The Hooligan’s Return is a haunting memoir vividly re creating Norman Manea’s harrowing childhood in Fascist Romania while providing indelible portraits of Ceausescu’s dictatorship and the pre and post Communist erasManea’s observations about his visit in 1997 are intertwined with his reflections on his return to Romania after four years in Transnistria in the camps to which large numbers of Romanian Jews were transported in 1941 As the narrative utilizes one journey to illuminate the other Manea’s friends and family tell their own stories and the topic of departure and return proves to be an obsessive constant As the story of a writer who is anything but militant a literary man interested in moral and aesthetic uestions than in politics this compelling and beautifully executed memoir explores uestions of identity exile and the conflict between life and literature dream and reality past and present

About the Author: Norman Manea

Norman Manea is a Jewish Romanian writer and author of short fiction novels and essays about the Holocaust daily life in a communist state and exile He lives in the United States where he is the Francis Flournoy Professor of European Culture and writer in residence at Bard CollegeHe left Romania in 1986 with a DAAD Berlin Grant and in 1988 went to the US with a Fulbright Scholarship at the

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