Vain Art of the Fugue

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2007 - Fiction - 140 pages
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Clutching a bouquet of flowers, hurrying to catch his bus, and arguing with the driver once he's on, a man rushes to a train station platform to meet a woman. This sequence of events occurs and recurs in remarkably different variations in "Vain Art of the Fugue."

In one version, the bus driver ignores the traffic signals and is killed in the ensuing crash. In another, the protagonist is thrown off the bus, and as he chases after it, a crowd of strangers joins him in the pursuit.

As the book unfolds, the protagonist, his lovers, and the people he meets become increasingly vivid and complex figures in the crowded Bucharest cityscape. Themes, conflicts, and characters interweave and overlap, creating a book that is at once chaotic and perfectly composed.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
10
Section 4
14
Section 5
20
Section 6
25
Section 7
30
Section 8
33
Section 14
79
Section 15
86
Section 16
90
Section 17
95
Section 18
101
Section 19
107
Section 20
111
Section 21
118

Section 9
43
Section 10
47
Section 11
55
Section 12
62
Section 13
67
Section 22
123
Section 23
132
Section 24
136
Section 25
146
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About the author (2007)

Dumitru Tsepeneag is one of the most innovative Romanian writers of the second half of the twentieth century. In 1975, while he was in France, his citizenship was revoked by Ceau?escu, and he was forced into exile. In the 1980s, he started to write in French. He returned to his native language after the Ceau?escu regime ended, but continues to write in his adopted language as well.

Andrea Reiter is a Research Fellow at the School of Modern Languages, Univeristy of Southampton, UK.

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