Revisiting the avant-gardes

  • Marius Mihet Comenius University in Bratislava
Keywords: Romanian avant-garde, radicalism, re-reading, surrealism, absurd


The tome written by Paul Cernat, a known specialist of the avant-gardes, analyzes the anatomy and human blueprints set out by the Romanian and European avant-gardes found under the immediate influence of the symbolic year of 1933. The “amphibian” nature of these radicalisms is characteristic for an entire process of modernization. That is why Paul Cernat critically revisits all of the marquee and obscure cases, offering us a critical panoramic view that invites novel re-assessments. The studies are written using a blend of tools you might see a literary historian and a portraitist wield in their work, a blend that lets shine truly special expressive abilities, and qualities in terms of synthesis. Whether tackling famous names, household figures from around the world – such as Ionescu and Blecher – or discussing the work of more provincial or minor writers, the author withholds from us no memorable quote. An essential study for those interested in the phenomenon of the Romanian avant-garde.

Author Biography

Marius Mihet, Comenius University in Bratislava

Marius Miheț: PhD studies at “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Senior Lecturer Phd., Faculty of Arts, “Comenius” University, Bratislava, Slovakia/ Faculty of Letters, University of Oradea, Romania. He is also a literary critic and is a permanent collaborator of the leading literary magazine in Romania: “România literară”. Also, he is part of the editorial board of the “Familia” magazine and other academic publications. He has been writing over 500 essays and literary chronicles in most of the Romanian literary magazines. His most recent book: Подходящи маневри в мъгливо време (21 Romanian Contemporary Writers, edited with A. M. Baros), translated by Vanina Bozikova, Фондация за българска литература Publishing House, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017; ISBN 978-954-677-098-1; Contact:


CERNAT, P. (2018). Vase comunicante. (Inter)fețe ale avangardei românești interbelice / Communicating Vessels. (Inter)Faces of the Romanian Inter-War Avant-Garde. Iași: Polirom Publishing House.

How to Cite
Mihet, M. (2019). Revisiting the avant-gardes. Swedish Journal of Romanian Studies, 2(1), 192-195.

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