Captives by Norman Manea

By Norman Manea

Translated by way of Jean Harris

Stylistically cutting edge and verbally innovative, Captives is split into 3 interrelated sections, narrated in first-, second-, and third-person voices. during this novel, the acclaimed author Norman Manea explores the social and mental stipulations of postwar Romania: lack of identification; a sophisticated feel of guilt, trauma, and aggression from having survived the fascist govt in the course of international warfare II; and the increase of communism (and with it, comparable echoes of totalitarianism).

Captives is kaleidoscopic, imagistic, and fragmented via habitual characters and photographs: an alienated piano instructor, an engineer reflecting on his early life, and a captain who survived global conflict II yet couldn’t deal with lifestyle in a while.

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Besides the promises in eastern Europe, France had wanted a promise of immediate military aid in ease of aggression; but Britain would allow no such thing. Germany played upon the lack of commitment among the Allies. By 1926, it had gained admission to the League ofNations; and, by 1927, with Stresemann's guidance, it managed to achieve the end of the Allied Control Commission and to have the Commission's final report suppressed. German "good faith" was achieving the desired results. By creating the illusion of peace while secretly rebuilding its armed forces, Germany was on the way toward its goal of tearing up the Versailles treaty.

The only one of the Versailles powers to doubt the fantasy and to search for a greater security was France, which, finding security neither in the treaty nor in the League, immediately began to cast about for alliances. France would have preferred the old alliance with Russia, but the Bolshevik revolution in Russia and the fear of a similar takeover at home forced France to turn to nations that were weak, disunited, and quarrelsome. The first steps in developing an alliance were an agreement with Belgium in 1920 and one with Poland in 1921.

Immediately, it had the effect of a forced recall . of loans made to Austria and Germany. It had been these loans, effected under the Dawes Plan, that h ad made possible the resurgence of the German economy. Now their withdrawal had the opposite effect. In 1930, the money market of Central Europe 1918-1933/23 was gradually tightened, forcing industry to restrict production. In May 1931, the collapse of the Kreditanstalt, the largest Austrian bank, set off a series of bank failures throughout Central Europe.

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