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Panaït Istrati : Adrien Zograffi et l’aventure balkanique du récit
Panait Istrati : Adrien Zograffi and Balkan narrative

Author(s): Aurora Manuela Băgiag
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai
Keywords: Romanian and French Literature; Panait Istrati; Adventure Novel; Modern Hero; Mirage; Double; Derision.

Summary/Abstract: The novels and short stories Méditerranée, Le Bureau de placement, “Pour avoir aimé la terre”, written by Panaït Istrati, Romanian writer of French expression, belong to the European tendency of redefining the concept of adventure in the interwar period. In the modern adventure novel, the figure of the traditional adventurer and that of the dreamer in quest of a chimera, are intermingled. The adventure becomes an inner demon and is impersonated by a lunatic Mephisto who is carried away by the forces of the unconscious. This infernal double of the istratian character reveals the creative energy which enables the existential and esthetic adventure to merge into the istratian alter ego named Adrian Zograffi.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 201-212
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: French