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Every day, the Birdman performs the same ritual: he climbs out onto his window ledge to see if he can manage to kill himself—and never does. The Birdman is a member of a loose-knit group of failed suicides, each pursuing absurd ways to end their lives: one saving up lost-dog reward money to buy enough good whiskey to drink himself to death, another hoping to contract a fat ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 2002)
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Ema
What is it that pushes people towards committing suicide? I thought the answer was simple: a grief and desperation so great that would obliterate any trace of hope and desire. One of the characters in Our Circus Presents has a different opinion, though: besides being the ultimate artistic act that a human being can perform, a true suicide is one without a motive. If one has desires, even the littlest of projections into the future, it means that one is not really capable of committing suicide.
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Declan
There's a touch of early Beckett - novels such as More Pricks Than Kicks and Murphy - about this book. Sardonic and bitter, yet never lacking in humour. Indeed the two main characters (to call them protagonists would seem to be contrary to their impassivity), - permanently on the cusp of committing suicide - could very well be Vladimir and Estragon; names as well-suited as any others, since we never learn what their parents decided to call them. They are always waiting: for an event, an action, ...more
Lavinia
Sper ca nimeni nu se asteapta de la romanul asta sa fie amuzant (vezi titlu). E asa de trist si de pesimist, ca de aproape o saptamina incerc sa-mi adun doua-trei ginduri pozitive despre el si nu reusesc. E gri ca o zi de noiembrie, ploioasa si amarita, populat de indivizi ciudati, fara nume sau ocupatie, evidentiati doar prin gesturi si fapte absurde.

Spre deosebire de povestiri, aici LDT are ragazul unor panseuri filozofice, si nu de putine ori a trebuit sa ma intorc si sa recitesc anumite frag
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Cristina Jinga
"Ce, pizda mă-tii, vrei!?" - Man, you're killing me... :)) Asta apropo de virgule în locuri unde nu-mi amintesc să le mai fi văzut.

Circul nostru vă prezintă e o carte aparent uşor de citit, uşor de înţeles, dar greu de uitat. O iei cu tine, fără să vrei, în fiecare dimineaţă la cafea, când te întrebi "azi ce fac?" şi imediat îţi răsare în minte răspunsul "Azi nu zboară".

Dacă eşti pasagerul (nu şoferul) unei maşini îndreptându-se spre locul tău de muncă, toate ferestrele la care întrezăreşti vreu
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Jesús Santana
Lucian D. Teodorovici a pesar de ser bastante desconocido en America es en gran parte de Europa y en especial en su país Rumania conocido por su excelente trabajo como escritor de guiones para programas de TV como “Animat Planet” (una parodia del famoso canal de TV por suscripción), el documental “Comunismo de andar por casa” y el corto basado en la novela homónima de Dan Lungu “¡Soy un vejestorio comunista!”, como humorista su trabajo es afilado y certero, es el redactor jefe del Suplemento Cu ...more
Ashley
This is an interesting little novel. It is a translation, but rather than be a hindrance it gives the story-telling and the descriptions a bit of a unique edge.

The narrator is this guy who climbs out onto the window ledge of his apartment every morning and stands outside the window, waiting to get the suicidal urge to jump. He never does, but he enjoys giving some passerby the joy of feeling as though they've saved him from jumping. The novel takes the reader through a series of events that occu
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Stefan
Aproape mi-a plăcut, ori poate am citit-o prea repede (se citește foarte repede)... LDT are umor, scrie bine, scoate multe scântei din banalitățile de zi cu zi (mai puțin din bubele, mucegaiul și noroiul de prin preajmă). Bune de tot pasajele despre viața la bloc, cu vecini-spioni & vecine-hormonale & administratori & cine se cacă-n lift; cam sordide pasajele cu ceferiști & curve. Mare circ, mare, cu sinucigași ratați, ușor tâmpiței, căutători de sensuri („impulsuri”) pe pervaze ...more
Amy
This book is okay. The premise was promising: a man constantly contemplates suicides and runs across a couple other characters with similar compulsions. One man wants to drink himself to death. Previously he wanted to sleep with so many prostitutes that he would contract a deadly disease. Our protagonist choose a simpler means of demise: jumping off his balcony, however, he can never quite bring himself to do it. My problem lies in that none of the characters have any shape or depth and the stor ...more
Bogdan
Lucian Dan Teodorovici is one the best contemporary Romanian writers, in my opinion. He writes well, using very well humor without crossing the line into parody. Same situation with this not too long novel, but in this case, I did not liked too much the topic (it is about suicide) and the way it is presented.

What I mean is that the characters do not take suicide too seriously. All main characters try to commit suicide or (in one case) they are actually doing it. And they believe it to me some ki
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Vincent
Featuring the best metaphor since Cat's Cradle.
Paola
“L'Uomo-Uccello oggi non vola”. Ed è così che si sente il protagonista di questo romanzo, in piedi sul cornicione della finestra del suo appartamento al quinto piano, in attesa che arrivi l’ispirazione per il suicidio. Ma l'Uomo-Uccello non vola mai, inchiodato a un presente che lo vede quotidianamente affacciato sulla morte, incapace tuttavia di un atto di estremo coraggio. Insieme a lui una combriccola di bizzarri personaggi tutti alla ricerca del migliore dei suicidi possibili, tutti destinat ...more
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Lucian Dan Teodorovici (b. 1975) is a Romanian writer.

Published volumes:
Cu puţin înaintea coborîrii extratereştrilor printre noi (Shortly before the Extraterrestrials Descended Among Us), novel, Iaşi: OuTopos, 1999 (2nd revised and expanded edition, Iaşi: Polirom, 2005);
• Lumea văzută printr-o gaură de mărimea unei ţigări marijuana (The World Seen through a Hole the Width of a Spliff), short st
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