Mircea Cărtărescu, Orbitor, vol. 1 [Glaring]

Letitia Guran (Longwood College)
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For those unfamiliar to Cărtărescu’s prose, Orbitor can be an overwhelming experience. Its dense, profound, visionary style may startle the reader not prepared for a text that is both “realist and dream-like, descriptive and hallucinatory, a Proustian novel of remembering and reclaiming things past, […] a meta-narrative of reading, […] and simultaneously an archaeology and anatomy of being” (Manolescu, back cover, Orbitor. Aripa stîngă). For those familiar with the author’s previous texts, Orbitor may appear like a re-writing, which illuminates through its grander scale and design, but also though re-contextualized repetition of earlier themes, imagery, and references. As the title, Glaring, promises, the text attempts to bring into full light, the glaring, absolute, total…

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Citation: Guran, Letitia. "Orbitor, vol. 1". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 June 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=30165, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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