Iulian Ciocan

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Novel, EGO. PROSE series, Polirom, 2018, 208 pages

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“Our whole life is a theatre of the absurd, while we are puppets impaled on the spears of dark humour. This would be the introduction demanded by the latest novel by Bessarabian author Iulian Ciocan. A wonderful satire, written with vigilant care and rigour, but imbued with the everyday realism of the Republic of Moldavia, The Queen of Hearts wins you over from its very first pages. You can’t put it down! You read it while you’re drinking your morning coffee and it accompanies you on your way to work (in my case, a forty-minute journey, but which the novel makes delightful).” 

(Corina MOISEI)

“Iulian Ciocan uses the pit that threatens to engulf not only Nistor Polobok’s palace, but also the entire city to highlight how a city devouring itself through corruption and immorality needs to have an hour of reckoning. Attentive to his characters, which he brings to life above all through their names and physical appearance, Iulian Ciocan peoples a squalid world that unwittingly teeters on the brink of a chasm. He employs Nistor Polobok as an apostle in whom nobody believes because of his corrupt past. An apostle who, although he repents, finds no listeners. The Queen of Hearts alludes to Pushkin’s Queen of Spades, not only in its title, but also in the development of its main character. The passionate reader will take pleasure in this short, but also brisk, amusing, but also bitter novel, in which he will find a rich literary background.” 

(Constantin PISTEA)


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