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I loved this book, opened my eyes to a lot of things that happened in Romania during the second world war. In poignant and memorable sequences, Sebastian touches on the progression of the machinery of brutalisation and on the historical context that lay behind it. I know when I am going to read his other works, it will feel strange, knowing the process of creation.

Mihail Sebastian, Jurnal 1935-1944

View all 3 comments. At any moment, however formally, you could appeal to the authority of the state: Sebastiaj so are his doubts about writing when other people are murdered.

Here are some quotes from the play, which are as noted above, direct quotes from Sebastian’s war-time journals: Without knowing, he wrote an impressive story of Romania. That, in a way, was how it was excused. Friendships must have meant something more to endure such abuse constantly, then.

Like me, Sebastian was Jewish; like me, most of his friends were on the political right. This book is about far more than war. Where can I direct my gaze? Aug 18, Cristina rated it it was amazing.

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But I found his own struggles with writing, the ups and downs of the creative process most interesting. Jurbal see myself in New York, and then — weary of all the noise — in a quite provincial town, where I write smash-hit plays for Broadway without feeling curious enough to go and see them. What can I expect?

A bit torn, a bit stained — but not too bad. Sebastian’s are not in the same league, trivial, far more interesting because of the charming personality of the author than because of anything he could describe – but it is a document of the highest interest to the student – I should say, to the pursuer – of jurnwl.


Am stiut totdeauna, pana in adancul inimii, ca as fi murit bucuros, ca sa grabesc macar cu o fractiune de milimetru prabusirea Germaniei. Mihail Sebastian was a writer of talent and wit that much can be glimpsed from merely reading the first few pages of ‘The Accident’ one of the few of his works translated in English who had junal misfortune of being Jewish at a time when such a religion meant potential death in Europe.

Bufonul jurnalului este Camil Petrescu. One of the most remarkable literary achievements of the Nazi period, Sebastian’s journal vividly captures the now-vanished world of pre-war Bucharest. Eu cred ca inteleg si asta, si cat de dureroase trebuie sa-i fi fost revelatia, dezamagirea, desprinderea si singuratatea spirituala dupa aceasta ruptura.

Sep 26, Carmen rated it it was amazing. But this is sheer uncontrolled bestiality, without shame or conscience without goal or purpose. By the time the war is sebastixn, Sebastian is simply exhausted, his home was destroyed in Allied bombing – or German bombing – and it will probably take a long time before he can trust his erstwhile friends, the ones that went along with the tide of fascist public opinion. I feel an old weariness, and everywhere I go I carry my incurable loneliness around with me.

Treceti cat mai repede la catolicism! The fear and dread that one day it might be him standing there, would never be far from his mind. As such Journal soon jyrnal from being a witty and amusing series of anecdotes to revealing the hypocrisies of those writers Sebastian considered his friends only to find himself cut off from so many people and possibilities when Romania allied with Germany.

It’s publication caused an outcry and started a mass debate over the opportunistic nature of Romania’s anti-Semitism both in general and with regard to the Holocaust. This is our country, not theirs.

O excelenta radiografie a societatii si culturii Romaniei in perioada interbelica si in timpul celui de-al doilea razboi mondial vazuta prin ochii unui scriitor, dramaturg, profesor, om si, mai scos in evidenta in timpul celui de-al doilea razboi mondial, evreu. And yet when a well-wisher says to him to convert to Christianity – which in those days could have made the difference between life and death – despite sebsatian a secular Jew, he refuses.

Nemtii si hitlerismul au crapat. Everyone disapproves and feels indignant — but at the same time everyone is a cog in the huge antisemitic factory that is the Romanian state, with all its offices, authorities, press, institutions, laws, and procedures. When Mihai Manea’s attack on Eliade came out in TNR in I simply couldn’t believe it – I had read pages of Eliade’s memoirs, he had been a friend and mentor to my very favorite deceased father-in-law [an easy choice – my admiration for him had never been sullied by acquaintance And yet it is so.


How long will it be before we too are murdered? I read it in Romanian, after seeing it mentioned on Tyler Cowen’s blog.

Nu-mi recunosc junal asemenea drept. Sebastian was a member of the intelligentsia in Bucharest, and writes in his journals about his friends’ changing viewpoints – how they became more sympathetic to Nazism and anti-Semitism. Published January 2nd by Pimlico first published As a pursuer of women, he strongly identified with Swann himelf and his primary gf with Odette.

Journal by Mihail Sebastian

As for the mass of people, they are jubilant. With the obvious impostor syndrome that I relate to on a daily basis?

The history we learnt was mostly about class struggle. Mihail Sebastian was a promising young Jewish writer in pre-war Bucharest, a novelist, playwright, poet and journalist who counted among his friends the leading intellectuals and social luminaries of a sophisticated Eastern European culture.

The bloodying and mocking of Jews have been public entertainment par excellence.

Journal 1935-1944

With the excellent fresh writing of what is essentially a diary of one of my favourite underrated writers? Sebsstian all 7 comments. Already the number of Jews sebasyian since June is more than a hundred thousand.

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.

Sadly he only managed a glimpse after all. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 28, Aloke marked it as to-read Shelves: