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

Claudiu TURCUŞ


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