Compulsory Happiness by Norman Manea

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Four novellas constitute a biography of a generation living in a police state and ravaged by fifty years of history, enduring war, the Holocaust, revolution, social change, and the triviality of the ordinary.
 

About Norman Manea

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Norman Manea is the author of, most recently, "The Black Envelope" and "Compulsory Happiness," He teaches at Bard College and lives with his wife in New York City.
 
Published May 1, 1993 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 259 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 In four dark novellas (translated, inexplicably but with the author's blessing, from the French rather than the original Rumanian texts), Manea's absurdist, Kafkaesque sensibility (October, Eight O'Clock; On Clowns—both 1992) again lances and lacerates the cockeyed society of his homeland...

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Four absurdist novellas by the Romanian novelist tell of life under a totalitarian regime. (Nov.)

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This taut, sophisticated collection of four novellas, set in the author's native Romania, conjures up a land of disturbing contrasts in which political and personal dramas unfold against the backdrop

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