Octavian Soviany

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Novel, Prose series, Cartea Romaneasca, 2015, 488 pages

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“This is a book to read, it is one to read because very rarely does a novelist demonstrate such powerful writing nowadays. Soviany always seems to come from a different age, he always gives me the rather strange impression that a part of history has not been written correctly and needs to be revised, with explanations. We have here the art of prose in almost its purest form.”

(Cristian FULAS, Academia Catavencu)

 “The Death of Siegfried is a novel deliberately written according to a symphonic pattern, with countless references to the Wagner opera, from the names of the characters to allegories and the transformation of the chapters into grouped ‘cantos’. Two major themes vie with each other, the first announced in a warning on the part of the author himself, which recounts the life of German romantic Heinrich von Kleist, who dramatically committed suicide with his mistress in November 1811, and the second constructed around Kleist’s descendants, a Nazi major quartered in Bucharest in 1942-43, and his son, caught up in the Battle of Stalingrad.”


“If for some writers literature is more real than reality, for Octavian Soviany fiction is the only reality.” 

(Bogdan ROMANIUC, Suplimentul de cultura)


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