Hailed as one of the most important portrayals of the dark years of Nazism, this powerful chronicle by the Romanian Jewish writer Mihail Sebastian aroused a. The thesis Imaginarul spațiului în opera lui Mihail Sebastian (The Imaginary of the Chapter V – Spațiul intim în Jurnalul lui Mihail Sebastian (The intimate. In the history of Romanian literature, Mihail Sebastian (pseudonym of Josef M. Hechter) fares as a .. record: after 6 months, a translator from English‖ (Jurnal, ). In early .. ―Nae Ionescu a fost o vreme Dumnezeul lui‖. Adevărul de.

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View all 28 comments. It is the same old inclination to find scapegoats for a crisis.

Mihail Sebastian – Wikipedia

He repeatedly offers the double standards, the ironies and the questions. What it means to ‘belong’ to a nation, to a jurnaluo. Who jnows, another day I might have seen more in the story. I see the pallor of fear on Jewish faces. It is just beautiful and painful and human.

The first moment that impressed me was a conversation between the unnamed main character and a friend. When Norman Manea’s attack on Eliade came out in TNR in I simply couldn’t believe it – I had read pages of Eliade’s memoirs, he had been a friend and mentor to my very favorite deceased father-in-law [an easy choice – my admiration for him had never been sullied by acquaintance And yet it is so.


Half the pleasure of the concert was taken away by obsessions I had brought along with me, and which I could not shake off for a second. As in our modern age, discord comes startling quickly, and is deeply unsettling.

More of that, please. When Mihail is writing about Romania, current events, or his main character’s associates the book is interesting. Orice, orice, absolut orice e posibil. Of the many trivial aspects of the Jewish sensibility, this unrestrained mourning is the most unworthy.

Atatia oameni au murit, fara sa vada cu ochii lor caderea bestiei. Now it seems that he is being challenged by those even farther to this right. He was categorized as Jew and could not be anything else. But I found his mihaio struggles with writing, the ups and downs of the creative process most interesting.


It’s publication oui an outcry and started a mass debate over the opportunistic nature of Romania’s anti-Semitism both in general and with regard to the Holocaust. Life in the oilfields left me cold. They take the bread from our mouths; they exploit and smother us.

Yet I wish everyone would read it, as it speaks of important aspects of one’s identity. My parents who lived in Brasov – where Sebastian went sometimes to ski – told me that their house was confiscated, but not about the other struggles, or their fear that they could be deported any jurjalul. Aflati de ce nu ati primit daruri. Eu cred ca inteleg si asta, si cat de dureroase trebuie sa-i fi fost revelatia, dezamagirea, desprinderea si singuratatea spirituala dupa aceasta ruptura.

For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian

Chapter 3 of Part Six is an especially critical chapter in the debate and it is impossible to read this without feeling shocked and saddened by the irrationality and self-justification of antisemitism which is invariably based on myth and propaganda.

The last chapter or so was, to me, the most poignant, as he realizes his mentor, whom he has known for years, is actually an anti-Semite. I am wandering off the point when I write of anything else, cheating my subject of me. Trivia About Journal I loved this book, opened my eyes to a lot of things that happened in Romania during the second world war.

The Fascist Years’ now that I have finished this. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. I think, however, that it is something we have accustomed ourselves to do here, in the ghetto. Despite this ominous tone, the diary also reveals Sebastian’s unflagging sense of humor and self-irony.

Jan 16, Adina rated it really liked it Shelves: I see in the news that many of the second generation citizens feel like they do not belong anywhere. At first he is puzzled seeing his mentor and his best friends – high calibre intellectuals – becoming infatuated with the poisonous Nazi ideology.


Journal 1935-1944

It will go into my history bookcase to read again at leisure. A must read for cultural diversity activists. Below are some of his musings; please keep swbastian mind that I did my best to quote the book accurately.

Despre oglindire ca proces de constructie relationala. The narrator, a young Jew student, struggles to find an identity, torn between two worlds. This release is the first English language translation of this sevastian.

It wasn’t on my reading list. Zebastian really appreciate this book because it is like a time capsule and examines the attitudes of people in Romania in the early ‘s.

View all 4 comments. The few rays of optimism, desire for social acceptance, and wishes for social and political comity that range through For Two Thousand seem tragic in retrospect. However, remote access to EBSCO’s databases from non-subscribing institutions is not allowed if the purpose of the use is for commercial gain through cost reduction or avoidance for a non-subscribing institution.

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone say about a central European, yeah, he joined a fascist party during WWII but that’s just because of his anti-communism With the excellent fresh writing of what is essentially a diary of one of my favourite underrated writers? Remote access to EBSCO’s databases is permitted to patrons of subscribing institutions accessing from remote locations for personal, non-commercial use. With the fact that I thought that the Romanian interbellum is glorified unjustly everywhere despite the rampant inequality and open discrimination and this book sort of shows everything wrong with the wonderful years o Ohlalala!

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