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The collected short and absurdist stories of the Romanian writer “Urmuz”, dating from the early years of the twentieth century up until their author’s death in 1923. Urmuz’s work has been claimed as a forerunner of Dada, and of Surrealism as well, and shows again the sharp sense of the vitality of the avant-garde amongst Romanian practitioners.
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Eddie Watkins
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Though the introduction to this volume avers that both Kafka and Urmuz expressed with identical precision (and at the same time) what Jacques Vache called “a theatrical of universally joyless inutility”, reading Urmuz actually makes me feel good. Or maybe he just stimulates me, sets my mind working (however pointlessly). He makes me feel like a little gerbil running inside a wheel getting nowhere. Like that gerbil I feel exhilarated (I’ve watched them, they do), but unlike that gerbil the wheel ...more
Nate D
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: beaked shopkeepers with cardboard neck extensions
Recommended to Nate D by: Glasses, mustache, umbrella, middle-C, and fig leaf
Romania, all-too-easily overlooked on the edge of Eastern Europe, has produced more than its share of key modernist innovators. Tristan Tzara and Isidore Isou spring first to mind, and in the last decade's hyperrealist film movement has made them one of the biggest cultural exporters of the region. Add to these, even earlier, far back at the start of the 20th century, Urmuz. Born Demetru Dem. Demetrescu-Buzau, the writer-musicians complete written works run a scant 32 pages here (plus a 1967 tra ...more
Philipp
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This was fun - extremely short with the introduction being the longest part of the book, you can read the whole thing in an afternoon. The tone and structure reminded me of a brighter Daniil Kharms, or of a more straightforward Helge Schneider [1], a random quote so you can see:


As for Stamate himself, one of the pursuits which takes up a great deal of his time is entering churches in the evening and taking instant pictures of the elderly saints, which he sells afterwards to his credulous wife an
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Casper
Nov 30, 2007 rated it liked it
My reaction to Urmuz' book was rather ambivalent. Initially my expression was predominated by a huge question mark: I've rarely come across stories that were so strange and ended so abruptly. While that expression of wonder surely never left it was occasionaly joined by mirth and/or fascination. Because besides being so weird, these stories are also absurdly funny sometimes and relate events that trigger the imagination in an original way. Apparently Eugene Ionesco called Urmuz his great influen ...more
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Urmuz, pen name of Demetru Dem. Demetrescu-Buzău, was a Romanian writer of absurdist and avant-garde prose.

In his early youth, he dreamed of becoming a composer; he read science fiction and travel literature. During his years at the Gheorghe Lazăr High School, he became friends with George Ciprian (who later wrote an affectionate memoir on Urmuz, in which he recorded some of his writings as he had
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