His most famous writings are the novels Groapa and Principele The son of writer and journalist N. Crevedia ,   Barbu was born in Bucharest , and briefly attended the University of Bucharest 's Faculty of Law, and then graduated from the Faculty of Letters ; he subsequently worked as a journalist for the left-wing press. He was several times elected to the Great National Assembly ,  until the plagiarism scandal prevented him from being again proposed for the office. During the s and '80s, he notably launched verbal attacks against Romanian intellectuals who had defected the country, as well as against writers who were critical of the regime  the latter included Paul Goma , whom, in , he called "a non-entity". After the Romanian Revolution , Barbu and Tudor emerged as ideologists of a new nationalist trend, which largely repeated themes present in previous official discourse, while casting aside references to communism.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Groapa. Jan 24, Florin Pitea rated it really liked it. Read it in high school, enjoyed it. The text is far more readable than most of what the academics deem relevant in the Eastern Europe literature.
Sadly the author himself is very confused and contradictory. And this is one of his more polished works. It is polished because of a long history of rewrites. And it shows as very important for the writer as he keeps pushing it to the editors. It's the mind that stands in the way of the story.
Hence a character can be threatened to be robbed "because he has money". But than the author was The text is far more readable than most of what the academics deem relevant in the Eastern Europe literature. But than the author wastes some paragraph to show the character has no money. Only to later say "he saves for a better home". Also, like any strong communist from Eastern Europe, he is has strong christian values.
The characters are not poor because of the lack of contraception, but because this is the way they are. Which can be at the same time god's will and the conspiracy of capitalistic Jews, masons, whatever. The main problem with the text is that each character is an avatar of the author. Something like Bugs Bunny changing hats or putting a moustache to fool the audience. I said the text is readable, but it is only a very good school novel.
There is a lack of both intelligence and imagination. Eugen Barbu mimics the texts delivered to him while in school, the ones labeled "the classics". The perspective is new, because he never experienced the aristocratic world. Yet he is unable to make his life experience relevant. For example he never stops to describe the processes going on around the dump, or the saloon, or any place. So he spends time on what he knows will please the critics of the time: broken skin, dirty dogs, the theatrical innocence that was supposed to go with an unmarried woman.
View 1 comment. Jan 15, Roberto Andrei rated it it was amazing. A Romanian masterpiece!!! Jan 01, Flori S rated it it was amazing. Funny book. Jan 22, Andrei rated it really liked it Shelves: post-wwii-romanian-authors.
Eugen Barbu suffered from his political affiliation before and after the revolution, but no one can deny the talent of this writer! The narration goes on two main threads that intersect each other, but does not necessarily relate. They both aim to describe the slum's early days until "civilization" transforms it into a proper "neighbourhood". The characters are full of life Eugen Barbu suffered from his political affiliation before and after the revolution, but no one can deny the talent of this writer!
The characters are full of life, earthly bound, driven by instincts and a strange honour code. The writer succeeds passing through not only words, but an entire perception overwhelming senses. Jul 13, Bogdan rated it really liked it. An amazing book about Romanian culture in the middle of the 20th century. Eugen Barbu's naturalist style and detached narrator puts the reader in the middle of the a slum outside Bucharest which grows and grows and whose inhabitants have simple and complex issues.
A pleasurable read. Readers also enjoyed. About Eugen Barbu. Eugen Barbu. Romanian modern novelist, short story writer, journalist, and correspondent member of the Romanian Academy. His most famous writings are the novels Groapa and Principele Barbu's prose, in which the influence of neorealism has been noted, drew comparison to the works of Mateiu Caragiale, Tudor Arghezi, and Curzio Malaparte.
It was however, considered unequal by several critics, who to Romanian modern novelist, short story writer, journalist, and correspondent member of the Romanian Academy. It was however, considered unequal by several critics, who took into measure Barbu's preference for archaisms, as well as his fluctuating narrative style. Books by Eugen Barbu. Related Articles. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.
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