Vain Art of the Fugue

Eastern European Literature Series
Dumitru Tsepeneag
Translated by Patrick Camiller

Clutching a bouquet of flowers, hurrying to catch his bus, and arguing with the driver once he’s on, a man rushes to a train station platform to meet a woman. This sequence of events occurs and recurs in remarkably different variations in Vain Art of the Fugue.

In one version, the bus driver ignores the traffic signals and is killed in the ensuing crash. In another, the protagonist is thrown off the bus, and as he chases after it, a crowd of strangers joins him in the pursuit.

As the book unfolds, the protagonist, his lovers, and the people he meets become increasingly vivid and complex figures in the crowded Bucharest cityscape. Themes, conflicts, and characters interweave and overlap, creating a book that is at once chaotic and perfectly composed.

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Translated by Patrick Camiller
Publication: Eastern European Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 144
ISBN-13: 9781564784216
GTIN13: 9781564784216
Publication date: 2/1/2007
Language: eng
List price: $12.95