KINDLE ❆ Why We Love Women Author Mircea Cărtărescu – Writerscompany.co.uk

Why We Love Women This may be the shortest of Mircea C rt rescu s books to be translated into English, but it s not really to be recommended as an introduction to the author It s ostensibly a collection of short stories actually all but one are essays in the now fashionable slightly fictionalised memoir genre A few of them were nice background on the author of Blinding , a book which certainly metaphorically lives up to its name, and which is, in its fascinating complexity, quite unlike these pieces Snippets This may be the shortest of Mircea C rt rescu s books to be translated into English, but it s not really to be recommended as an introduction to the author It s ostensibly a collection of short stories actually all but one are essays in the now fashionable slightly fictionalised memoir genre A few of them were nice background on the author of Blinding , a book which certainly metaphorically lives up to its name, and which is, in its fascinating complexity, quite unlike these pieces Snippets of insight into the culture of 1960s 80s Romania were very interesting, and into aspects of being a Romanian abroad just after the fall of Communism Most of the stories were originally published in Romanian Elle in the late 90s That seems to me to say something about the intellectual bent of the culture a women s glossy mag in the UK or US would never have published stories by an author of similar complexity Thomas Pynchon, for example The idea is positively and sadly surreal The actual content of most pieces though a fortyish male writer of considerable ego reflects on various encounters and relationships with women sounds like stuff from UK GQ or Esquire around the same time It s a curious juxtaposition, and I d love to know how it fitted with the national cultural context and how the stories were received by the Romanian Elle readers Some titles are reminders that the discussion on postcolonialism and gender representation, widespread in western academia by that time, probably took a long time to reach the Romanian universities and cultural institutes where C rt rescu worked Little African Woman , a well meaning idealisation of a beautiful woman glimpsed on a train, for example Though A lovely little Jewish princess turns out to be, with footnotes, an anedcote framed in response to a Frank Zappa song which is much ruder about the woman I ve never been a Zappa fan and can t really comment on how the story works in relation The title piece, much of which can be found as a GR quotation, is most comprehensible, and somewhat amusing, as a list of assumptions about women by miscellaneous aspects of pop culture or by the sweaty palmed, creepy nerd in the corner that C rt rescu s preceding essays describe his younger self as having been a surprise to learn, given the confidence of the persona in Blinding There are so many points that are unlike real women in majority, or in particular ways you or your friends may be that I can t really compute a modern adult with arts intellectual leanings, let alone the author of Blinding, presenting it in complete earnest Last year on here there was a bad review of Knausgaard which said Recommended for People interested in the struggles of white male writers can t find it now, but someone in my feed Liked it if you are in total agreement with that mode of classifying and criticising literature then you would get bored with this collection way before the point when it quite simply becomes repetitive, with the style very surprisingly in the context of Blinding not being anything like fizzy enough to animate the writing regardless Of course, it s not easy to tell how much of the lacklustre style is due to translation, and each of C rt rescu s three works in English so far has a different translator Aside from the cultural and historical insights, there were only two stories that I found enjoyable as a whole The Paper Devil is the only piece structured as a fiction, a sweet story of adolescent love and melancholy, which sparkles in a way the memoir essays never do forthan a sentence or two Irish Cream is a fun account of a drunken writers workshop in an Irish castle, but still has a magazine article feel I think this collection is the sort of dregs only completists should bother with, but due to its brevity, ease of reading compared to his other books, and being one of the few translated into English, it has ended up as the most read work on GR by an author who can clearly do far better things This University of Plymouth Press edition also showcases a number of paintings by Romanian artist Suzana Dan Sort of a cross between Yellow Submarine and a cheerier Tara McPherson, done in poster paint I like them I do keep praising this book in various comments although I haven t finished it It s so rich and strange that it needs time to percolate between readings also greater concentration and energy than I ve had in recent weeks Probabil ca De ce iubim femeile n a fost chiar cea mai inspirata alegere a mea, in calitate de prima carte de Cartarescu pe care am decis sa o citesc Nota finala este, de fapt, mai mult 2,5 stele.Sincer, nu stiu ce asteptari aveam atunci cand am inceput s o citesc, insa stiu ca doar ultima povestire, cea care da si titlul volumui, a fost cea care mi a placut cel mai mult In rest, luata la bani marunti, am gasit cateva citate care mi au atras atentia, insa in ansamblu nu am fost impresionata. Cartarescu Brings Together Twenty Short Stories That He Wrote For ELLE Magazine The Protagonist Of Every Story Is Female, But They Are Not Individual Portraits Of Women It Is A Group Portrait Of Womanhood O carte pe care am amanat o mult timp, pe care o suspectam c ar fi o mizerie comerciala dedicata strict femeilor superficiale ce adora sa fie flatate eram influentat si de faptul ca vedeam anumite persoane de un anumt nivel citind o si tragand concluzii la final cum c ar fi fost o carte frumusica , fapt care m a indepartat de carte Spre imbucuratoarea mea surprindere, m am inselat, cartea i agreabila, un amalgam de istorioare interesante Departe sa fie o capodopera, merita totusi citita In O carte pe care am amanat o mult timp, pe care o suspectam c ar fi o mizerie comerciala dedicata strict femeilor superficiale ce adora sa fie flatate eram influentat si de faptul ca vedeam anumite persoane de un anumt nivel citind o si tragand concluzii la final cum c ar fi fost o carte frumusica , fapt care m a indepartat de carte Spre imbucuratoarea mea surprindere, m am inselat, cartea i agreabila, un amalgam de istorioare interesante Departe sa fie o capodopera, merita totusi citita In opinia mea, e regretabil ultimul capitol, cel care da si numele titlului, si cel cu care din pacate se ramane din aceasta carte, anulandu se restul de 165 de pagini captivante Din ultimul capitol incerc sa uit motivatiile penibile, infantile si totalmente nefericite care nu i fac cinste deloc scriitorului de genul pentru ca nu se masturbeaza si sa raman cu un pasaj decent Pentru ca pentru ele se scriu trei sferturi din poezia i proza lumii Pentru c sunt femei, pentru c nu sunt b rba i, nici altceva Pentru c din ele am ie it i n ele ne ntoarcem, i mintea noastr se rote te ca o planet greoaie, mereu i mereu, numai in jurul lor Am citat prost, evident, dar asta pentru ca n am fost de acord cu pentru ca sunt extraordinare cititoare admitand, totusi, ca pentru ele se scriu trei sferturi din poezia si proza lumii As fi evaluat cartea la patru stele, dar ca un protest lamentabil si fara ecou, taxez ultimul capitol, care, cu cateva exceptii izolate, nu face cinste cartii E, daca vreti, revolta mea cu care rezoneaza celelalte pagini ce acum, pe raft, imi citesc gandurile cu sufletul la alineat plangandu si randurile, e solidaritatea mea cu celelalte 165 de pagini care pierd nejustificat lumina reflectoarelor in dauna comercialului mediocru, facil si steril A totally obnoxious book If you want to read the whining of a man completely failing to understand women, or indeed humanity, then you have come to the right place Each word drips with self reference.A man nowhere near as intelligent as he constantly urges the reader to believe. Mie cartea asta mi a p rut mult sub a tept ri, sub reclama f cut n revistele pentru femei Sunt c r i care, pentru o perioad , sunt la modA a a fost De ce iubim femeile , era peste tot, pe site urile de socializare, prin reviste, pe la televizor mai toate emisiunile l aveau invitat pe Mircea C rt rescu i totu i, cartea este destul de slab , fa de poemele sale, pe care le citisem eu Nu n eleg obsesia lui C rt rescu pentru premiul Nobel, de ce i dore te at t de tare premiul acesta Mie cartea asta mi a p rut mult sub a tept ri, sub reclama f cut n revistele pentru femei Sunt c r i care, pentru o perioad , sunt la modA a a fost De ce iubim femeile , era peste tot, pe site urile de socializare, prin reviste, pe la televizor mai toate emisiunile l aveau invitat pe Mircea C rt rescu i totu i, cartea este destul de slab , fa de poemele sale, pe care le citisem eu Nu n eleg obsesia lui C rt rescu pentru premiul Nobel, de ce i dore te at t de tare premiul acesta c nd, f r reclam , c r ile sale nu ar avea nici jum tate din v nz ri.Sunt unele pagini ce merit citite, n special povestea ce d numele c r ii n rest, ideea care mi s a ntip rit n minte dup ce am terminat cartea a fost c Mircea C rt rescu are o p rere foarte bun despre el, dar, n acela i timp, mai pu in bun despre ceilal i.A prefera oric nd poemele lui n fa a c r ii de fa , probabil datorit simplit ii Made me really wonder at times WHY does he love women Because, except for maybe 2 stories and some good written phrases in the others, the book left me with a sensation of lecherous obsessions and that s all.. of of ofsincer la inceputul cartii l am urat pe cartarescu si imi repetam obsesiv eram sigura ca nu e un scriitor bun mai mult chiar ma prgateam cu fiecare pagina citita sa las o recenzie in care sa punctez toate momentele in care cartarescu a dat dovada de prezenta a doar 2 neuroni in creierul sau.dar apoi am ajuns la Intalnire la torino care mi a adus aminte maxim de Eliade si m am mai inmuiat am zis eh a avut cateva mai multe scapari pana in acest punct hai sa il iertam.dar apoi a inche of of ofsincer la inceputul cartii l am urat pe cartarescu si imi repetam obsesiv eram sigura ca nu e un scriitor bun mai mult chiar ma prgateam cu fiecare pagina citita sa las o recenzie in care sa punctez toate momentele in care cartarescu a dat dovada de prezenta a doar 2 neuroni in creierul sau.dar apoi am ajuns la Intalnire la torino care mi a adus aminte maxim de Eliade si m am mai inmuiat am zis eh a avut cateva mai multe scapari pana in acest punct hai sa il iertam.dar apoi a incheiat aceasta carte cu cea mai banala declaratie si ridicare in slavi a ceea ce se crede ca e o femeie de parca a pus un nou status de stare pe facebook sunt mircea cartarescu si imi plac femeile pentru ca nu transpira nu miros au sani nu se masturbeaza nu se uita la porno fac treaba si au orgasm mereu sau cand nu au, au si uite asa revenim la prima idee ca, cel putin in aceasta carte, Cartarescu are un neuron si ala pe moarte e sigur ca a cunoscut femei sau experienta sa se rezuma la clisee din viata de zi cu zi si respectiv literatura de consum probabil o sa fie socat dar femeile fac tot ceea ce el a afirmat ca nu i p n la urm de ce le iubim Pentru c avem ni te amintiri amoroase prin lanul de gr u Pentru c nu ne a p sat de tipa de la Universitate Eu cred c orice ncercare de a EXPLICA iubirea are s fie de la nceput e uat De aceea, cu ubreda mea carier amoroas , afirm c le iubim tocmai pentru c nu tim de ce ce paradox El libro reune unos supuestos recuerdos o impresiones o sensaciones que le provocaron, y aun le provocan, ciertos encuentros con ciertas mujeres a lo largo de su vida Aunque este libro sea algo irregular, como no pod a ser de otra forma en una recopilaci n de art culos publicados en varias revistas Elle, principalmente , algunos son aut nticos relatos y alguno realmente bueno Otros son lo que son art culos muy bien escritos pero que carecen de esa magia que tienen otros cap tulos, sobre to El libro reune unos supuestos recuerdos o impresiones o sensaciones que le provocaron, y aun le provocan, ciertos encuentros con ciertas mujeres a lo largo de su vida Aunque este libro sea algo irregular, como no pod a ser de otra forma en una recopilaci n de art culos publicados en varias revistas Elle, principalmente , algunos son aut nticos relatos y alguno realmente bueno Otros son lo que son art culos muy bien escritos pero que carecen de esa magia que tienen otros cap tulos, sobre todo en la segunda mitad del libro En aquellos, en los buenos, uno vuelve a asombrarse de todo lo que el autor consigue transmitir con mimbres tan simples, con esa prosa tan sencilla Y no es cierto lo que se dice en la presentaci n del libro, eso de que se abandona moment neamente los cl sicos territorios on ricos de sus grandes novelas Algunas de las mujeres o, mejor dicho, algunas de las impresiones que dejaron en Mircea esas mujeres algunas posiblemente reales, otras solo so adas me da la impresi n est n tamizadas por esos territorios on ricos , idealizadas o mitificadas por la memoria, por el deseo o el amor que dejaron satisfecho, contrariado o pisoteado Pero, Por qu nos gustan las mujeresPorque te dicen te quiero cuando menos te quieren, como una especie de compensaci nUn libro escrito para, de, con incluso contra y sobre mujeres que nos puede interesar tanto o m s a los hombres


About the Author: Mircea Cărtărescu

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 lecturer at the Chair of Romanian Literary History, part of the University of Bucharest Faculty of Letters As of 2010, he is an associate professor Between 1994 1995 he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.Among his writings Nostalgia a full edition of the earlier published Visul , 1993, Travesti 1994, Orbitor 2001, Enciclopedia zmeilor The Encyclopedia of Dragons 2002, Pururi t n r, nf surat n pixeli Forever young, convolved in pixels 2002, De ce iubim femeile bestseller Why do we love women 2004.


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