October, Eight O’Clock – East-Central European Proustianism or Synesthetic Reappropriation of The Real

Claudiu TURCUŞ


Abstract:

This essay analyzes the innovative way in which Norman Manea redimensions the categories of Proustianism (involuntary memory, stream of consciousness) and begins with the investigation of a few representative short stories from the well-known volume October, Eight O’Clock. The close-reading follows the subjective narrative but undetermined voice, along an epic journey in which the protagonist regains his memory through a synesthetic and also traumatic adaptation to reality.

Keywords: Norman Manea, proustianism, synesthesia, trauma, stream of memory

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