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Lucian Dan Teodorovici. Alistair Ian Blyth, trans.
Publisher Dalkey Archive  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781564785565
Pages/Publication Date 189/2009
Daedalus Item Code 34021
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Every day, the Birdman performs the same ritual—he climbs out onto his window ledge to see if he can manage to kill himself—and never does, in this 2009 novel by Romanian journalist and screenwriter Lucian Dan Teodorovici. Then one day the Birdman meets a professional suicide: the dangerous and inscrutable "man with orange suspenders," who repeatedly tries to hang himself whenever he sees a potential rescuer approaching. This chance encounter, which leads at last to a real death, will force the Birdman to confront the roots of his desire to escape from life, and to see first-hand that dying is more than just a rehearsal.

"There is much laughter in Teodorovici's novel, the uproarious laughter of characters faced with a ridiculous world…. But behind the scenes there is also enormous sadness. The sadness of the clown (the reader clown, the character clown), who is all the sadder the more acutely he understands his condition as a man who, after having failed at life, cannot help but fail at death."—Sanda Tivadar

 
 
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