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Orbitor. Aripa stângă (Orbitor #1)

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Paperback, I, 352 pages
Published 1996 by Humanitas
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Review below is published in The Quarterly Conversation, Issue 34:

In the opening pages of Blinding: The Left Wing, Mircea Cărtărescu proffers his intent in writing the mammoth, trilogy of which The Left Wing constitutes the first portion and which has been described by some as a dream-memoir or a poetic autobiography:

But today, at the midpoint of my life’s arc, when I have read every book, even those tattooed on the moon and on my skin, even those written
Feb 04, 2016 Declan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eastern-europe
On those nights when the wind blows around my home and the rain seems to be about to come through the roof, I take off my shoes and rest my feet on a low table and sit on a sofa and read books which, if I'm lucky, take me away from the overly insistent weather pushing, without any convincing purpose, against my windows and make my way down a street that I have never visited or, if I have been there, one that I have forgotten or seen in a way that is wholly different from the way the writer descr ...more
Eddie Watkins
Of course it was my fault. I eagerly anticipated this. I had it on order for a long time. I finally received it. It felt good in the hands, as all Archipelago books do. I read a page or two, furtively, at work. My anticipation to dive right in heightened, but since really diving in to a book while sitting at my desk at work is impossible I stoked my anticipation by googling M. Cartarescu, just to see what he looked like.

Oh no not this fucking guy again... I remembered the face but not the name.
"Yessss!" *fistpump* - was how I felt on finishing the last page, yet some of the book was as amazing and fulfilling as I found Mason & Dixon and Life: A User's Manual. Like both those books, it leads you down corridors of marvellous digression; you just have to go with it and be in the moment. (Which in all three is easiest if your general knowledge fits its favoured specialisms. In Blinding, medical and neuroscience vocab is the thing.*) It’s more explicitly psychedelic than Perec or Pynch ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Bjorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romania
What Orbitor (having read 2 out of 3 volumes) is:

* It's the autobiography of Mircea Cărtărescu, born in 1956, growing up in Ceaușescu's Romania with everything that that entails, and eventually deciding to write his autobiography of Mircea Cărtărescu, born in 1956, growing up in...
* It's three volumes, roughly 500 pages each, subtitled Left Wing, Body, Right Wing. The central metaphor is a giant butterfly that can only move by flapping its wings: one in the past that cannot be changed or control
Ubik 2.0
Mar 23, 2016 Ubik 2.0 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Farfalle di tutte le fogge, dimensioni e colori.

Questo è uno dei casi in cui il mio proposito di scrivere un commentino a TUTTI i libri che ho il piacere (o il dispiacere) di leggere, mi mette in difficoltà.

Perché sarebbe il genere di romanzo che a me proprio non va giù, con quello stile liquido, autoreferenziale, ostentato, privo o quasi di impalcatura, che induce (a me) perdite di concentrazione a volte della durata di pagine, tanto da costringere a tornare indietro o ad attendere ansiosamente
Jun 20, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: oricine vrea sa isi mareasca orizonturile
Recommended to Ana by: un prieten
Cred ca e foarte greu sa descrii o carte ca asta in termeni normali. Prima oara am crezut ca citesc o tampenie. Am trecut la parerea diferita ca citesc ceva scris de un om cu foarte, foarte multa minte. In final, am ajuns la concluzia ca citesc o ciudatenie - una care imi placea.
Limbajul cartii a fost cel care m-a surprins foarte tare. De multe ori am fost nevoita sa consult dictionarul ca sa inteleg niste cuvinte, pe care nu le mai vazusem niciodata. Stiam ca limba romana este complicata, dar
Jan 29, 2014 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
An insane, complex memoir-hallucinatory dreamscape made for some complicated, but mind-shattering (in a good way) reading. Shout out to Sean Cotter for translating this beast, shout out to Archipelago for publishing it!

“What else would I be but a neuron, with a brain as my cellular body, spinal marrow as my axons, and nerves as my numberless dendrites? A spiderweb that feels only what touches it. Yes, each of us have a single neuron within us, and humanity is a dissipated brain that strives desp
Apr 01, 2016 Lee marked it as sampled  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: put-down-for-now
Perfect prose but wasn't inspired to read this. Wasn't moved to read more than five pages before sleep. Often read "blind,"disengaged despite miraculous sentences every page. Flawless text. Flowing. On and on about the language. But, like Gravity's Rainbow, I need more than this to stick with a novel. Might try to finish up later this year.
Dec 28, 2014 Seraphina rated it did not like it
Mircea Carterescu is the most overrated Romanian author today. The Blinding is a megalomaniac novel addressed to literary snobs, that everyone in Romania and around the globe is pushed to admire by his small group of fans, yet almost everyone DISLIKES in private. Blinding received rave reviews from the small coterie of Romanian critics who all know each other, drink together and love formal postmodern literature. I found this novel, not blinding but opaque, pretentious, empty, utterly lifeless, ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Sini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bij deel I en vooral II van deze trilogie ben ik behoorlijk leeggelopen met jubelende superlatieven, en daar neem ik nu ik het laatste deel uit heb niets van terug. Ruim een maand lang ben ik elke dag bezig geweest met deze trilogie, en dat was elke dag weer een hevig genot. Het is typisch van dat proza waar je helemaal voor gaat of helemaal niet: ik was na 20 blz. totaal verslaafd en las dus alle 1500 bladzijden van de trilogie in een ruk, maar ik kan mij voorstellen dat veel mensen na 10 pagin ...more
The people of Romania made Ceaușescu's regime come to an end. Today, December 20 2014, that's exactly 25 years ago. It seems a sort of appropriate to set myself to read this important Romanian novel; that will take place shortly. (may be all three of the trilogy of which this is number 1 - has number 3 been translated into Dutch?)

January 5, 2015 - a note:
So far, so curious. Page 90. This book gives me a feeling that it drags me into strange, surreal scenery, it intrigues me as quicksand can do t
Feb 09, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly visionary piece of writing unlike anything I've ever read. it has shades of Schulz and Burroughs, even a touch of Cisco, but is utterly unique. A mind-collapsing, indescribable experience. Sean Cotter must be congratulated for a stunning translation. Role on volumes two and three!
Mar 03, 2015 lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, de-acasă
a se citi încet, cu o pauză mică după fiecare frază. fără grabă.
Nov 16, 2013 Emmett rated it liked it
There are brilliant moments in this novel, but it is wildly uneven, and other moments are incredibly tedious. The unusual imagery (often combining specific/technical biological terms with religious language) that is so striking in the first half begins to feel repetitive in the second half (ditto the pervasive butterfly imagery and pseudo-philosophical reflections on the spiritual dimensions of biological materialism). This reminds me a bit of Shiskin's Maidenhair from last year in that I love t ...more
Dec 16, 2013 endrju rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"And space/time/brain/sex began to rumble. There were monstrosities. There were miracles. A mathematics of the bordello was invented, a sublime defecations, a conceptual vomiting, an angelic retching, a real dream, a dead life."

The book is impossible to describe: it shifts between times (medieval, 1950s, 1960s and I suppose 1990s Romania) and places (Bucharest, New Orleans, etc.), between the city and the body, between the outer and the inner, between the vulgar and the holy, between the high an
Eugen Mardare
Apr 11, 2014 Eugen Mardare rated it liked it
About 10 years ago, when summers were brighter and longer, I picked up my first copy of Orbitor with surprise. I didn't know anything about Cartarescu at that time. He was just a guy that I found in my hyschool text books, a poet and poetry wasn't my kind of thing.

I have read then the first two parts of his trilogy, both Aripa Stanga and Corpul, and after that, because of the way he writes I've picked up Nostalgia.

Yes, he writes like a jazz song. I think this is the safest word I can say about
Vlad Luca
Mar 18, 2016 Vlad Luca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prima oara am incercat sa citesc Orbitor: aripa stanga acum 12 ani. M-am chinuit sa inteleg ce trebuie sa inteleg din cartea respectiva si am renuntat destul de repede la ea fiindca pur si simplu nu reuseam sa o patrund.

Intre timp am citit mult si am citit mult Cartarescu si a devenit unul dintre scriitori mei preferati (sigur scriitorul meu preferat Roman). De vreo doi ani tot vreau sa incerc din nou sa citesc Orbitor, in intregime de data aceasta, si am tot amanat momentul fiindca simteam ca
Mar 11, 2016 Kadircan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Istrati ile başladığım Romen edebiyatı okumalarıma Cartarescu ile devam ettim. Önceden duymadığım bir yazardı Cartarescu. Türkçe'ye çevrilmiş iki eserinden hangisini okuyacağım konusunda biraz kararsız kaldıysam da, arka kapağında geçen "bellek" vurgusundan ötürü Orbitor adlı bu romanı ile başlamaya karar verdim sonunda. Diğer kitabı nasıldır bilemiyorum ama bu kitap beni fazlasıyla tatmin etti.

Orbitor, Romence'de gerçekten de "göz kamaştırıcı" sözcüğüne karşılık düşüyormuş. Kitabı bir söz öbeği
May 02, 2015 jul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bazı kitaplar okuyucu çok zorlar. bu kitap ise işte o kitapları görece basit halde bırakacak kadar zorluyor okuyanı. hikayeden, betimden zihnimizi ayırdığımız her milisaniyenin bedelini tekrar tekrar konsantrasyon seanslarıyla ödetiyor.

insanın ancak yaşayarak bilebileceği, yaratılmış, tanzim ettirilmiş nesnelere has olabilecek insani olan bütün kreasyonun sınırlarını çoktan aşmış bir ayrıntılar hazinesi. insan hafızasının en dibinde kalmış nesneleri en üsttekilerden daha rahat bulabilen bir zih
Jderu Marius
Sep 17, 2015 Jderu Marius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A geeat book comparable with 100 years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I recommend those who like magic realism novels.
Vanni Santoni
Nov 08, 2015 Vanni Santoni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
trattasi di capolavoro
David Ostra
Nov 29, 2015 David Ostra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unmittelbar nacheinander gelesen (Richard Ford im englischen Original, Mircea Cărtărescu in der deutschen Übersetzung aus dem Rumänischen) illustrieren diese beiden Romane zwei Modelle aktueller Literatur und inspirieren so diesen Vergleich. Die Doppelrezension soll hier erlaubt sein, weil beide Bücher großartig genug sind, um eine solche Respektlosigkeit zu ertragen. Man wird sehen, dass ich den Roman von Richard Ford letztlich bervorzuge, aus einem einfachen Grund: Hier spricht der Autor mit d ...more
Assem Salih
Mar 07, 2015 Assem Salih rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لا أدري ما إذا كانت هناك أعمال مترجمة إلى العربية لهذا الروائي و الشاعر الروماني ميرسيا كارتاريسكو. أتمنى حقيقة أن تتم ترجمة أعماله و خصوصا هذا العمل الساحر. ميرسيا يعشق الماضي .. ماضيه .. ماضي أسرته و ماضي بوخارست المدينة .. في هذه الرواية نقرأ فصول مبعثرة من حياته و من حياة والدته .. في أجزاء لاحقة من الكتاب ندخل في عوالم سحرية مصدرها أحلام و رؤى و هلاوس .. مغامرة في مقبرة تتحدث فيها التماثيل و تفكر .. مغامرة لضابط روماني يعتقد بأنه بصدد كشف مؤامرة عالمية ضد الشيوعية يقودها عناصر يعملون في سير ...more
Apr 22, 2014 Tonymess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“There was nothing to understand, yet everything cried out to be understood...” (P109)

Welcome to the world of Mircea Cartarescu’s brain, there’s plenty in there and it just cries out to be understood, but I must admit there was a whole heap of grey matter that I just didn’t grip.

“Blinding (The Left Wing)” is the first part of a Cartarescu triptych (let’s call it that and not a trilogy as it forms part of a greater picture, the left wing being his mother, the body himself and the right wing his f
Iulia Bercescu
Feb 10, 2015 Iulia Bercescu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cherished, romania
L-am descoperit la aproape 20 de ani de la publicare si am avut senzatia, vaga dar si dureroasa, ca - literar - am trait degeaba timp de doua decenii.

Un roman halucinant si halucinatoriu, o combinatie inegalabila de erotism si grotesc, care mi-a taiat respiratia de nepermis de multe ori.

Fara indoiala, una dintre cele mai bune carti pe care le-am citit vreodata si singura pe care nu o pot defini sau explica. Atat. Orice recenzie este de prisos.
Oct 30, 2014 Ioana rated it really liked it
Parcă nici nu mai ştiu cine mă poartă pe străzile Bucureştiului şi prin frânturile acelea microscopie de corp uman... Cărtărescu sau doar fluturii? Şi măcar de-ar fi orice fel de fluturi! Mă scurg prin text cu viteza fluidelor din mine, când mai încet, când mai repede, şi observ cu fascinaţie cum descrierile minuţioase îmi înghit conştienţa uşor, uşooor, furându-mă din cotidian... "Orbitor" este cuvântul ce rezumă sutele de pagini ce îţi iau văzul realităţii exterioare pentru a-ţi reda un nou vă ...more
Amy Irina
Aug 14, 2015 Amy Irina rated it it was amazing
"Carnea e pamantul in care a fost sadita si pe care-l va epuiza de resurse, creierul va fi si el consumat si se va zbarci ca miezul de nuca intr-un fruct sec, iar din mijlocul lui vor izbucni, fragede si luminoase, cele doua frunzulite, aripi ale sufletului, aripi ale duhului, care vor parasi rasadnita acestei lumi pentru ca, imbracate in slava unui corp ceresc, sa fie plantate pe un pamant nou, sub un nou cer."

Simona Petrescu
Sep 05, 2015 Simona Petrescu rated it it was ok
Interesting, but just that. So disappointing, given the hype around it. More like a way too wordy poem than a novel. Many pieces of the book don't really seem to belong together, as a reader I often found myself wondering "so what?" I liked the surrealistic vision in some passages or chapters, but not much more than just that. I think 3 volumes going on like this is a brazen example of overdoing it. It does make one reflect, though, on what makes artistic success, since the text itself, abstract ...more
Claudia Serbanescu
Am ezitat mult inainte sa cumpar si sa ma apropii de "Orbitor". Tot ce citisem despre carte, inclusiv in jurnalul autorului, ma facea sa cred ca va fi o lectura greu de patruns. E adevarat, unele pasaje sunt delirante, le-am citit si recitit, de fiecare data cu reinnoita perplexitate. Dar harul de povestitor pogorat asupra lui Mircea Cartarescu, imaginatia sa halucinanta, extrem de frumoasa si bogata limba romana in care isi scrie cartile, lumile in care ma transporta, pe care le recunosc sau le ...more
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Romanian poet, novelist, essayist and a professor at the University of Bucharest.

Born in Bucharest, he graduated from the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Letters, Department of Romanian Language And Literature, in 1980. Between 1980 and 1989 he worked as a Romanian language teacher, and then he worked at the Writers Union and as an editor at the Caiete Critice magazine. In 1991 he became a le
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