Dan Lungu (b. 1969) is a lecturer within the Department of Sociology at Al.I. Cuza University in Iași. Post-doctoral studies at Sorbonne. Published works (literature): Muchii (Edges, poetry, 1996), Cheta la flegmă (Chip in to the spit, short prose, 1999), Proză cu amănuntul (Retail Prose, short prose, 2003), Nuntă la parter (Wedding on the Ground Floor, drama, 2003), Raiul găinilor (fals roman de zvonuri și mistere) (Chickens Heaven: False Novel of Rumours and Mysteries, 2004), Băieți de gașcă (Good Guys, short prose, 2005). In 2005, Raiul găinilor was translated into French under the name Le Paradis des poules, Editions Jacqueline Chambon. He was one of the Romanian writers invited to Les Belles Etrangeres (France, 2005). Some of his short prose have been translated into Italian, German, French, English and Hungarian. In Romania, his books received numerous literary awards.
Dan Lungu, Hens Heaven, Synopsis
All the occurrences in the novel take place in a street at the outskirts of a Romanian provincial town. The majority of the streets inhabitants are working class. Once the heroes of the former political regime, they are now the ballast of the new order. Now, they are pensioners or unemployed the pensioners of a bankrupt socio-economic and political system, in fact. Cast by history to the margins of the world, their main pass-times become drinking and chatting. As the characters become absorbed in conversation, reality imperceptibly dematerialises and we enter a construct of group mentality, tributary to the totalitarian epoch. The world no longer consists of object, but of distorted recollections, nostalgia, phantasms, frustration, clichés, stereotypes, projects, and eccentric fantasies. The poles of this world, constructed as a place of collective refuge by the inhabitants of the street, are the ghost of Ceausescu, who is master of the past, and the West, which represents a strange and uncertain world. One episode of an exuberant humour is that in which one of the characters meets Ceausescu in person: the discussion and events that occur during this visit are as hilarious as they are spectacular. This is a novel written with verve and elegance, a novel that is both current and bursting with humour. The reader is left with no respite in which to become bored, for events come in waves, while the colourful dialogue only serves to heighten the atmosphere. This is a book that provokes much laughter, but beyond the laughter, there looms great disquietude.
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