Revisiting the avant-gardes
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.
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.
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