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By Mircea Cartarescu

ISBN-10: 1935744844

ISBN-13: 9781935744849

Half visceral dream-memoir, half fictive trip via a hallucinatory Bucharest, Mircea Cărtărescu’s Blinding used to be essentially the most largely heralded literary sensations in modern Romania, and a bestseller from the day of its free up. Riddled with hidden passageways, spell binding tapestries, and whispering butterflies, Blinding takes us on a magical journey into the protagonist’s youth, his stories of hospitalization as undefined, the prehistory of his kinfolk, a touring circus, mystery police, zombie armies, American fighter pilots, the underground jazz scene of recent Orleans, and the deploy of the communist regime. This kaleidoscopic international is either eerily customary and profoundly new. Readers of Blinding will emerge from this unusual pilgrimage shaken, and completely remodeled.

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Together we helped to lift her on to the ambulance trolley. On our way to Vaughan's apartment he recognized an airport whore waiting in the forecourt of a motorway restaurant, a part-time cinema usherette for ever worrying about her small son's defective hearing-aid. As they sat behind me she complained to Vaughan about my nervous driving, but he was watching her movements with an abstracted gaze, almost encouraging her to gesture with her hands and knees. On the deserted roof of a Northolt multi-storey car-park I waited by the balustrade.

Around me, the empty beds contained a hundred histories of collision and bereavement, the translation of wounds through the violence of aircraft and automobile crashes. Two nurses moved through the ward, tidying the beds and radio headphones. These amiable young women ministered within a cathedral of-invisible wounds, their burgeoning sexualities presiding over the most terrifying facial and genital injuries. As they adjusted the harness around my legs, I listened to the aircraft rising from London Airport.

After his last attempt to kill my wife Catherine, I knew that Vaughan had retired finally into his own skull. In this overlit realm ruled by violence and technology he was now driving for ever at a hundred miles an hour along an empty motorway, past deserted filling stations on the edges of wide fields, waiting for a single oncoming car. In his mind Vaughan saw the whole world dying in a simultaneous automobile disaster, millions of vehicles hurled together in a terminal congress of spurting loins and engine coolant.

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