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Chickens’ Paradise 28/08/2011

Posted by allthingsro in books, history, quirks, translations.
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Chickens’ Paradise (Raiul găinilor) – a humorous, bittersweet slice of life in post-communist Romania by sociologist and author Dan Lungu. In Mircea Iorgulescu words, Dan Lungu brings to life peripheral Romania and a street where nothing happens. Nothing may happen – but the residents are never short for conversation, whether that’s Mitu’s meeting with Ceauşescu or his attempts to get rich quick post-1989, the threat of systemization or the story behind the local bar and the economics of its operation. And most of all: the curious invasion of worms. Dan Lungu expertly brings a touch of magical realism to “a Romania in transition, where the light at the end of the tunnel is a candle which transforms into the black-and-white flickers of a television set” (Ştefan Agopian in Academia Caţavencu).
As a taster, here is a short extract from Chickens’ Paradise translated into English:



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