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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
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ro, fiction, 2010
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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Jim Fonseca
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Three young crazy guys in Romania form a kind of “suicide club.” One climbs out on a window ledge each day, hoping to get the courage to jump. Another repeatedly attempts to hang himself but only when he knows he will be rescued. You get the idea. Meanwhile, unknowingly, one actually contributes to the suicide of an ex-woman friend and another accidentally kills a prostitute in a bar fight. We don’t get any background on what drove these guys to this point, so it all comes across as a bit silly. ...more
Lammoth
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
През последните десетилетия Балканите са се превърнали в един безкраен и безвременен цирк на абсурда, а Румъния също е неизменна част от този цирк. Румънците са популярни по света с много неща, най-вече с легендите за граф Дракула. И тъкмо когато никой не е очаквал от тях да извадят по-ужасяващ човек от Дракула, румънците представят на света Чаушеску. В книгата на Теодорович не става дума нито за първия, нито за втория. Главните герои са хора по най-ниските стъпала на обществото: самотен нехрани ...more
Stefan
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romanians
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
Bogdan
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanian
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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Jesús Santana
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Amy
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
dete
Oct 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
скука, брат.
L.S.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Cel putin la fel de bine scris ca si Cu putin timp... Romanul este foarte deprimant si sumbru in esenta lui desi comicul de situatie este destul de frecvent prezent.
Simina
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mi-a plăcut atmosfera și am râs. nu mi-au plăcut repetițiile - după ce personajului i se întâmpla ceva, tot relua în cap ce s-a întâmplat.
Vincent
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Featuring the best metaphor since Cat's Cradle.
Vania Prodanova
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"А аз, ако чрез абсурд предположим, че някога имам деца, сигурно ще трябва да сложа съвсем различни неща на прощъпукника. Клуп, направен от тънко въженце. Шишенце цианкалий. Спринцовка. Нож. Пистолет, дори с риск да стана банален. И много други сходни предмети. Ако наистина вярвам, че този ритуал дава указания за съдбата, така ще ми стане ясно каква смърт ще избере детето ми. И в случай, че не избере нищо от подноса, ще знам, че няма заложби за самоубиец..."

Ето това е книгата. Директна. Груба. З
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Paola
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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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