Liliana Corobca

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Novel, FICTION LTD series, Polirom, 2018, 344 pages

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“The novel is made up of three parts: ‘The Train,’ ‘Exile’ and ‘The Wayside Cross Above,’ the final part also including a bitter irony of history, since the authorities later declare that ‘the deportation was a mistake’ and a historian comes to the village to talk about the past, but ignores the survivors. There are numerous themes, including religious faith, hatred, compassion, love, part of an emotionally moving discourse, shot through with strange poetry, which reminds us who we were and warns us about what we might become, in a limit situation, in a place whence we may or may not return with our humanity intact.” 


The End of the Road is about growing up, but also about how joy in the small things can blot out, at least temporarily, the traumas of history. Ana Blajinschi seems to have been helped most of all by her religious faith, which she tries to pass down to her great-granddaughter. Numerous passages in the novel are the prayers of the old woman, who sees in God her only succour . . . And perhaps even her being taken to an old folks’ home will no longer matter if God is there. Or perhaps that is the end of the road. After years and years of ordeal, after miraculous survival, you realise that none of the people you know is prepared to take responsibility for looking after you. A sad, heavy novel, but with glimmers of joy, from a writer of power and inspiration, in whom can be sensed the pleasure of digging in the archives and layering fiction over the historical truth.” 

(Constantin PISTEA)


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