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Marin Malaicu-Hondrari


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Novel, Ego.Prose series, Polirom, 2015, 200 pages

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“Let one thing be clear : my recommendation is not an invitation to take up smoking, and as for the book, well, it’s one of the best novels I’ve read this year. For the sake of categorisation, you might call it a bildungsroman : a boy becomes a man, alongside his best friend ; the obsessions of adolescence and the figures/sensations that are preserved and which he rediscovers as an adult.” 

(Andreea BANCIU)

“The same as Wong Kar wai, Marin Malaicu Hondrari understands the importance of a story’s atmosphere in addition to its plot. Tobacco smoke can lend the texture of a cinematographic image. But the major intuition of The World War of Smokers is connected to the fact that smoke and smoking contribute to, augment and amplify the eroticism of the episodes.” 

(Cezar GHEORGHE)

 “Convinced non smokers ought not to reject this book, because they will miss out on an extraordinary novel, written with great artistry and intelligence. So as not to trample on their principles, they can replace smoking with whatever they like, with compulsive gun collecting, for example.” 

(Mihaela SEREA)

“I recommend this book, even if you aren’t a smoker. I’m not either, but I still liked it a lot. Marin Malaicu Hondrari knows how to invent literary spaces that are original in Romanian literature. He brings a South American flavour to his prose and he fictionalises love, illness and death in an unusual way.” 

(Constantin PISTEA)

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