Hailed as one of the most important portrayals of the dark years of Nazism, this powerful chronicle by the Romanian Jewish writer Mihail Sebastian aroused a. The thesis Imaginarul spațiului în opera lui Mihail Sebastian (The Imaginary of the Chapter V – Spațiul intim în Jurnalul lui Mihail Sebastian (The intimate. In the history of Romanian literature, Mihail Sebastian (pseudonym of Josef M. Hechter) fares as a .. record: after 6 months, a translator from English‖ (Jurnal, ). In early .. ―Nae Ionescu a fost o vreme Dumnezeul lui‖. Adevărul de.

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Although I read the novel in Romanian I will write my review in English as the book was published for the first time in English last year and I want to encourage readers to give this book a try. Spending his days walking the streets and his nights drinking and conversing with revolutionaries, zealots, and libertines, he remains isolated, even from the women he loves.

The author Mihail Sebastian had taken a walk with a professor who he greatly admired. The book came to me as a surprise. Below are some of his musings; please keep in mind that I did my best to quote the book accurately.

It is a bleak work that refreshingly does not proselytize or point the finger, even. He refuses, at some point, being branded as an exception in order to fit in among his group of ethnically-Romanian friends with Legion and Nazi sympathies after all, from the very beginning, he is disgusted by every sign of intolerance. Because you don’t have any changes based on politics. On top of that, add the unfamiliar Romanian names and lack of context clues, and it took me awhile to figure out that when the book opens Sebastian is a law student in Bucharist.


This is a philosophical and political novel, with characters espousing Marxism, Zionism and other doctrines.

Mihail Sebastian

When listenening to the long anti-Semitic rants of his friends which proposed murder and deporatation at the timehe could be both detached, proud of his friendship, and could outdo them in social rank after all, he, Sebastian, was invited to stay at the Prince and Princess Bibesco’s country place, while hius wouldbe Jewkillers remained hopelessly middle-class.

I was melancholic, rather, almost despondent. I think though, that death is a pretty serious matter The last chapter or so was, to me, the most poignant, as he realizes his mentor, whom he has known for years, is actually an anti-Semite. One party contains in its very being an obligation to wipe out all others.

He makes the case that the arguments are in fact excuses. Nu-mi recunosc un asemenea drept.

We have to deal with sanctimonious, holier-than-thou friends and family. No trivia or quizzes yet.

At any moment, however formally, you could appeal to the authority of the state: Neither is the queue of Jews about to be deported – he walks past. What remains from those years is not only the bloodied heads, the careers that were made and a steady engagement with anti-Semitism, but also a revolutionary spirit, a seed of a sincere rebellion against the world in which we live.

Individualist in vremuri de pace si atasat comunitatii sale in vremurile de cea mai mibail deznadejde – cred ca asta arata caracterul lui. In that respect this Journal is close to the Anne Frank Diary. That assignment erased two centuries of history.


A revealing novel that I will read again. To ask other readers questions about Journalplease sign up. A lot of the today problems are caused by the question of belonging.


This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat He wanted to protect her. He was categorized as Jew and could not be anything else.

I know when I am going to read his other works, it will feel strange, knowing the process of creation. One day, far from now, the nightmare will pass — but we, you, he, I, who look into each other’s eyes, will be long gone. This manuscript was originally published in Romanian in I think, however, that it is something we have accustomed ourselves to do here, in the ghetto. The narrator comes across a wide array of characters, mainly intellectuals of some sort, with whom he discusses both weighty political and metaphysical topics to more quotidian, though no less important topics, such as women and love.

Subiectivitate si obiectivitate in Jurnalul lui Mihail Sebastian – Kent Academic Repository

Treceti cat mai repede la catolicism! Despite this ominous tone, the diary also reveals Sebastian’s unflagging sense of humor and self-irony.

And, more seriously, it is lacking in love.

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