The Romanian: Story Of An Obsession - Bruce Benderson (2006)
ISBN 9781585424788
Genre Gay Male Fiction
Subject Gay Men - Travel - Romania; Romania - Description And Travel
Publisher Tarcher
Publication Date 2/2/2006
Format Paperback (198 x 124 mm)
Language English
Plot
Winner of the 2004 Prix de Flore-one of France's most distinguished literary prizes-a wildly romantic, true-life love story History follows a trail of sputtering desire, often calling upon the delusions of lovers to generate the sparks. If it weren't for us, the world would suffer from a dismal lack of stories," writes Bruce Benderson in this brutally candid memoir. "What astonishes and intrigues is Benderson's way of recounting, in the sweetest possible voice, things that are considered shocking," wrote Le Monde. What's so shocking? It's not just Benderson's job translating Céline Dion's saccharine autobiography, which he admits is driving him mad; but his unrequited love for an impoverished Romanian in "cheap club-kid platforms with dollar signs in his squinting eyes," whom he meets while on a journalism assignment in Eastern Europe. Rather than retreat, Benderson absorbs everything he can about Romanian culture and discovers an uncanny similarity between his own obsession for the Romanian (named Romulus) and the disastrous love affair of King Carol II, the last king of Romania (1893-1953). Throughout, Benderson-"absolutely free of bitterness, nastiness, or any desire to protect himself," wrote Le Monde-is sustained by little white codeine pills, a poetic self-awareness, a sense of humor, and an unwavering belief in the perfect romance, even as wild dogs chase him down Romanian streets.
Personal Details
Collection Status In Collection
Index 1948
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Library of Congress
Product Details
LoC Classification HQ75.8.B46 .A3 2006
Dewey 306.7662092
Cover Price $16.95
No. of Pages 416