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On Clowns : The Dictator and the Artist: Essays

Author: Norman Manea.

On Clowns : The Dictator and the Artist: Essays

Author: Norman Manea.

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Item #: D40375
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Publication Date: 1994
Publisher: Grove
ISBN: 9780802133755
The 1989 overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu revealed to the world a regime whose grim despotism was so powerful and pervasive that it almost defies comprehension. For Norman Manea, a Holocaust survivor who left Romania in 1986, the terror imposed on its citizens was matched by the choices it forced upon its artists. In the essays here, Manea catalogs what the ar... More
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The 1989 overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu revealed to the world a regime whose grim despotism was so powerful and pervasive that it almost defies comprehension. For Norman Manea, a Holocaust survivor who left Romania in 1986, the terror imposed on its citizens was matched by the choices it forced upon its artists. In the essays here, Manea catalogs what the artist must rely on to survive under such circumstances: the disguise of the buffoon, an aesthetic inseparable from ethics, a hatred of mediocrity, and, whenever the opportunity arises, a healthy raspberry to the dictator.


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