October Eight O'Clock by Norman Manea

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A collection of short stories stemming from the Romanian author's detention in a Nazi concentration camp as a child evokes a sense of the horror and absurdity of war and Romanian politics.

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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 January 1, 1992 by Grove Weidenfeld. 216 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Romanian writer (now Bard College professor) Manea (an essay- collection, On Clowns, Feb. 1992) writes most affectingly in these stories--translated for this volume by six different, mostly slippery hands--of the true central trauma of his own life: deportation to a concentration camp at age five...

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Survivor of a Nazi concentration camp in the Ukraine, Romanian-born Manea, now a literature professor at Bard College in upstate New York, writes with lyrical precision about the unspeakable traumas of the Holocaust and the suffocating postwar reality of life in a totalitarian society.

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