Gabriela Adamesteanu

Novel, "Fiction Ltd" collection, Polirom, 2008 (5th revised edition), 360 pages, 130x200 mm

Copyright: Gabriela Adamesteanu

Translation rights sold to: Gallimard (France), Balkani (Bulgaria), Schoffling (Germany), Cavallo di Ferro (Italy)

Book presentation

The Identical Journey of Every Day (1975) brought the author the Debut Award of the Writers’ Union in Romania and the Romanian Academy Award.
The French edition, Vienne le jour (Gallimard, 2009), is nominated for Prix Jean Monnet de Litterature europeenne du Departement de la Charente (2010).

„The Identical Journey of Every Day is a strong, lively and timeless novel, whose only age is that of universal adolescence. The book is about a woman’s sentimental education, subtly echoing Flaubert, and, as such, it is unique in the Romanian literature. The story evolves in two environments: a provincial city and a university campus, at the beginning of the 1960s. Letitia Branea, a teenager, comes from a marginalised family. Her parents are separated, her father being in political prison, and the young girl lives with her mother and her mother’s brother, uncle Ion, a high­school teacher whose life is a series of renun­ciations, as in Checkov. The young girl’s obsession is to be different. Her coming of age is accelerated by her uncle’s unexpected death.” (Sanda Cordos)

“In The Identical Journey of Every Day, Gabriela Adamesteanu achieves an ironic prose of realist observation, of the kind illustrated by the English novel of the 1960s (Room at the Top, This Sporting Life), in which we discover the solitary hero of a humble or humiliated family, determined to break the mould and ultimately to obtain social retribution. The author’s artistic approach differs from that of the British ‘angry young men’ (John Braine, David Storey) inasmuch as it shuns engagement and pathos, maintaining a cunning balance, a moderately selfish, patient, and partially resigned expectation. The best pages result when the author pitilessly examines the wretchedness of youth, the gregarious embarrassment of a chaotic age.” (Norman Manea)


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