Postage and Packing Free - A black comedy set in 1960s Romania: a Stalinist propaganda film truck rumbles into a forgotten Transylvanian village.
Publication date: 14 November 2009
Hardback 230 x 150mm full colour
A black comedy set in 1960s Romania: a Stalinist propaganda film truck rumbles into a forgotten Transylvanian village. The occupants of the village believe in the traditional values of church and God and are in no mood to participate, placing obstacles in the way of the Cinematography Caravan crew. The resultant humour is deliberately provincial as the villagers find their own unique ways of dealing with them while they're in town.
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Alexandru Radvan questions essential problems of meaning and reality, the dominance of Christian belief structures, and so-called European 'civilisation'. Nihilistic in tone, like Grosan, his art questions rhetorics of truth and uncertainty.
Romanian Writers' Prize for Prose
A fiction writer, playwright and journalist. His novels and stories focus on the everyday, on banal events, with an acute sense of kitsch. Play, experimentation and irony characterise and energise the texts, yet there is an undercurrent of bitterness and a crystallisation of melancholy.
A typical case of post-modernism, in which naivety has been replaced by an ironic consciousness of the library from which the text is nourished, Grosan's prose is, however, an indisputable proof of essential engagement, in all its variety: one of the writer's eyes watches the convulsions of being, its eternal dramas, while the other gazes behind literature, scrutinising its past.