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Scarred Hearts

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Emmanuel, a young man with spinal tuberculosis and confined to a sanatorium outside Paris, narrates his and his fellow patients’ attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly atrophy and die. Blending dark humor and pathos, Scarred Hearts was hailed as a masterpiece on publication in Romanian in 1939, and was more recently compared to Thomas Mann’s Magic Moun...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Old Street Publishing (first published 1937)
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Karen Pine
One of my all-time favourites!

Elaine Feinstein celebrates the survival of a small masterpiece:
As this novella is set in a TB sanatorium, readers may look for debts to Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain. The sensibility of Scarred Hearts, however, belongs to another world: Bukovina, Polish Galicia, and German-speaking Prague.
For all Max Blecher's experience of Paris, this is plain writing, never portentous, always attentive to detail, sometimes surreally funny, and his true contemporaries are Franz Kaf...more
Story about a young man named Emmanuel who has spinal tuberculosis. He goes to a sanatorium to live as his body withers away. There he meets others who, as he, have debilitating diseases & are trying to live as "normal" as possible. The author, Max Blecher, had this disease & I would think he wrote much of this of himself. He wrote very well. Sometimes humorous & often times so sad, you can feel his torment & many times the rage of "why?" Blecher wrote 2 novels & died at age...more
Cristian Mihai
Scarred Hearts, one of the few published works by Max Blecher, is a novel of pain and suffering. The author, who lived most of his life under the auspices of a dreadful disease, died at the age of 29. But even though this is a novel in which the characters live under the constant threat of death, even though their lives are bitter and painful, his little characters find enough strength to fall in love, to mold the most human of feelings and experiences after their own needs.

Emanuel, Blecher’s ma...more
Mientras Leo
Su vida en un sanatorio, una nueva visión de su mundo desde esos particulares ojos. Sin quejas. Inolvidable
NOt really sure what I thought of this book. I don't think I entirely 'got it'. It was very weird.
A beauty of a book. Profoundly moving.
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Blecher's father was a successful Jewish merchant and the owner of a porcelain shop. Blecher attended primary and secondary school in Roman, Romania. After receiving his baccalaureat, Blecher left for Paris to study medicine. Shortly thereafter, in 1928, he was diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis (Pott's disease) and forced to abandon his studies. He sought treatment at various sanatoriums: Berck-s...more
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Întâmplări în irealitatea imediată Inimi cicatrizate; Intamplari in irealitatea imediata Vizuina luminata Intamplari in irealitatea imediata. Vizuina luminata ROMANE (Întâmplări din irealitatea imediată; Inimi cicatrizate; Vizuina luminată)

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