La ville, territoire cicatriciel dans l’oeuvre de Norman Manea



The paper establishes and analyses the city as a scarred territory in Norman Manea’s literary work. I focus on the literary construction of Bucharest in Compulsory Happiness and The Hooligan’s Return, by insisting on the scarred dimension of urban representations and historical representations. The apocalyptic image of Bucharest in Compulsory Happiness answers a repressive history that destroys the city (the systematic policy of erasing whole districts). The  intimacy internalizes the city as the scar of devastation. Also in The Hooligan’s Return appears the urban geography as a scarred portrait. The refugee who returns for a little time to his city makes in his own body the experience of the «internal haemorrhage» of the city which seems to be seized by death.

Keywords: Norman Manea, city as scar, scarred territory, communism urbanite