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Journal by Mihail Sebastian

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Journal by Mihail Sebastian. Journal by Mihail Sebastian. Mihail Sebastian was a promising young Jewish writer in pre-war Bucharest, a novelist, playwright, poet and journalist who counted among his friends the leading intellectuals and social luminaries of a sophisticated Eastern European culture. Because of Romania’s opportunistic treatment of Jews, he survived the war and the Holocaust, only to be killed in a road accident ear Mihail Sebastian was a promising young Jewish writer in pre-war Bucharest, a novelist, playwright, poet and journalist who counted among his friends the leading intellectuals and social luminaries of a sophisticated Eastern European culture.

Because of Romania’s opportunistic treatment of Jews, he survived the war and the Holocaust, only to be killed in a road accident early in His remarkable diary was jurna, only recently in its original language and is here ,ihail into Miihail for the first time. Sebastian’s Journal offers not only a chronicle of the darkest years of European anti-Semitism but a lucid and finely shaded analysis of erotic and social life, a reader’s notebook, and a music lover’s journal.

jural Above all, it is a measured but blistering account of the major Romanian intellectuals, Sebastian’s friends, writers and thinkers who were mesmerised sebastiab the Nazi-fascist delirium of Europe’s ‘reactionary revolution’. In poignant and memorable sequences, Sebastian touches on the progression of the machinery of brutalisation and on the historical context that lay behind it. One of the most remarkable literary achievements of the Nazi period, Sebastian’s journal vividly captures the now-vanished world of pre-war Bucharest.

Under the pressure of hatred and horror in the ‘huge anti-Semitic factory’ that was Romania in the years of World War II, his writing maintains the grace of its intelligence, standing as one of the most important human and literary documents to survive from a singular era of terror and despair. Paperbackpages.

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View all 7 comments. I loved this book, opened my eyes to a lot of things that happened in Romania during the second world xebastian. I know when I am going to read his other works, it will feel strange, knowing the process of creation. Damn destiny, surviving the war as a jew, and one year later dying in a car accident.

MS is a great lost name of the romanian literature. Without knowing, he wrote an impressive story of Romania. Would love I loved this book, opened my eyes to a lot of things that happened in Romania during the second world war. Ulterior le-am jrnal pe ambele cam la asta se reduce experienta mea cu sebastian.

View all 3 comments. Dec 02, Tony rated it really liked it. I found this book nestled in the Military History section in a bookshop in Bucharest last year thinking it to be be a war diary or view of Romania or Bucharest’s part in the Second World War and have only now gotten around to reading it. Journal is far from a war diary. This is at times a writer’s journal – chronicling brilliantly Sebastian’s battle and frustration with his writing – a comedic look at the inhabitants of Theatre World and those writers and ‘intellectuals’ that hover around the edg I found this book nestled in the Military History section in a bookshop in Bucharest last year thinking it to be be a war diary or view of Romania or Bucharest’s part in the Second World War and have only now gotten around to reading it.

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This is at times a writer’s journal – chronicling brilliantly Sebastian’s battle and frustration with his writing – a comedic look at the inhabitants of Theatre World and those writers and ‘intellectuals’ that hover around the edges of fame and power in a country that would veer from one political coup to another in short spaces of time, and, importantly a testament to the human spirit and desire to keep going no matter what the blows.

Mihail Sebastian was a writer of talent and wit that much can be glimpsed from merely reading the first few pages of ‘The Accident’ one of the few of his works translated in English who had the misfortune of being Jewish at a time when such a religion meant potential death in Europe. As such Journal soon moves from being a witty and amusing series of anecdotes to revealing the hypocrisies of those writers Sebastian considered his friends only to find himself cut off from so many people and possibilities when Romania allied with Germany.

There’s an alarming juxtaposition when, in the space of just two years, Sebastian goes from celebrating the premier of his first play to being a virtual outcast exiled from working as a lawyer, then as a journalist and then having no hope of finding publishers for his work – all the while enduring ever escalating anti-Semitic measures from the government and from the populous and the literary circles which had once welcomed and nurtured him.

Throughout his Journal Sebastian references Dante’s “look in my face; my name is might have been”. Throughout the hardships of war – losing essentially every liberty, possession and possibility, Sebastian writes. He creates a play that is published under another person’s name in order to see performance and develops scenarios for at least a further four, countless essays and at least two novels. However, shortly after beginning to put his life back together in and gaining something resembling recognition, Mihail Sebastian was hit by a truck and died.

Thankfully this Journal was smuggled out of Romania by his brother Benu in It’s publication caused an outcry and started a mass debate over the opportunistic nature of Romania’s anti-Semitism both in general and with regard to the Holocaust. To read Journal is to read not only an important historical and social document but to read how a talented writer managed to endure some true hardships without losing his honesty and dignity and a sense that, someday, he would see things set right.

Sadly he only managed a glimpse after all. The publication of Journal also allowed Mihail Sebastian’s name and works to be thrust back into the spotlight in Romania and he’s now regarded with respect. It’s only a shame that so many of the ideas detailed in Journal never saw fruition. Sep 28, Aloke marked it as to-read Shelves: Recommended by Tyler Cowen here: And referred to by Anne Applebaum here: Like me, Sebastian was Jewish; like me, most of his friends were on the political right.

In his journal, he described how, one by one, they were drawn to fascist ideology, like a flock of moths to an ines Recommended by Tyler Cowen here: In his journal, he described how, one by one, they were drawn to fascist ideology, like a flock of moths to an inescapable flame. He recounted the arrogance and confidence they acquired as they moved away from identifying themselves as Europeans—admirers of Proust, travelers to Paris—and instead began to call themselves blood-and-soil Romanians.

He listened as they veered into conspiratorial thinking or became casually cruel. People he had known for years insulted him to his face and then acted as if nothing had happened. Treceti cat mai repede la catolicism!

El singur va mai jurbal scapa. De cateva zile aud mereu aceeasi parola. Dar aici, acum, nu pot fi altceva. Si cred ca nici nu vreau”.

Mihaill, 17 dec Nu-mi recunosc un asemenea “Treceti la catolicism! Nu-mi recunosc un asemenea drept. Nemtii si hitlerismul au crapat. Am stiut totdeauna, pana in adancul inimii, ca as fi murit bucuros, ca sa grabesc macar cu o fractiune de milimetru prabusirea Germaniei. Germania e prabusita – si eu traiesc. Mai mult ce pot cere? Atatia oameni au murit, fara sa vada cu ochii lor caderea bestiei. Noi, care suntem inca vii, am avut acest imens noroc. Mai departe incepe viata”.

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Journal 1935-1944

Individualist in vremuri de pace si atasat comunitatii sale in vremurile de cea mai neagra deznadejde – cred ca asta arata caracterul lui. Hiperlucid si hipersensibil, gata oricand sa ierte oamenii care l-au dispretuit si abandonat, dar neiertandu-si siesi niciun compromis cu atat mai putin cand istoria i-ar fi permis sa fie in barca invingatorilor. Nu stiu daca, traind dincolo de 38 de ani, ar fi ajuns cel mai mare scriitor roman.

Stiu ca multi inca nu-i inteleg individualismul “o libertate de intelectual care isi apara singuratatea” si acea sete intelectuala si de rafinament care l-a adus in tinerete in grupul lui Nae Ionescu si Mircea Eliade si l-a tinut loial atat de mult timp.

Eu cred ca inteleg si asta, si cat de dureroase trebuie sa-i fi fost revelatia, dezamagirea, desprinderea si singuratatea spirituala dupa aceasta ruptura. Si pentru mine ramane cel mai onest caracter si cel mai fin observator al epocii sale.

Jan 13, Sam Schulman rated it really liked it.

Swann in Bucharest, not Paris, and a real-life man, not a character in fiction, Sebastian, a Romanian Jew who was a dashing, classless, much-beloved figure in Romanian society and theatrical circles in the s and 40s. As a pursuer of women, he strongly identified with Swann himelf and his primary gf with Odette.

Astonishingly, he did not drop his friends when they became anti-semitic in sentiment or even in action as the 30s wore on -equally so, they did not drop him.

Sebastian records many Swann in Bucharest, not Paris, and a real-life man, not a character in fiction, Seabstian, a Romanian Jew who was a dashing, classless, much-beloved figure in Romanian society and theatrical circles in the s and 40s.

Sebastian records many uncomfortable conversations, worries endlessly about how he can still remain friends or in contact with people like Mircea Eliade whose loathesomeness, alas, is finally revealed here – as well as his loveability. When Norman Manea’s attack on Eliade came out in TNR in I simply couldn’t believe it – I had read pages of Eliade’s memoirs, he had been a mhail and mentor to my very favorite deceased father-in-law [an easy choice – my admiration for him had never been sullied by acquaintance And yet it is so.

These diaries have been compared to the Victor Klemperer diaries – don’t believe it. Sebastian’s are not in the same league, trivial, far more interesting because of the charming personality of the author than because of anything he could describe – but it is a document of the highest interest to the student – I should say, to the pursuer – of assimilation.

Mihail Sebastian, Jurnal 1935-1944

Sebastian, ne Hechter, is simply the most adept assimilationist in all of Jewish history, and yet never pretended to be anything other than a Jew. When listenening to the long anti-Semitic rants of his friends which proposed murder and deporatation at the timehe could be both detached, proud of his friendship, and could outdo them in social rank after all, he, Sebastian, was invited to stay at the Prince and Princess Bibesco’s country place, while hius wouldbe Jewkillers remained hopelessly middle-class.

What revenge, for this music-loving juggler of girlfriends and scribbler of west-end comedies. The high point of the book is when a Russian soldier robs Eliade of his watch andleis – you want to stand up and cheer. Sadly, the poor man survived the war only to be run over by a truck in Bucharest in The value of the book is its object-lesson to once giddy young men who are not so young any more – and a reminder that however amusing it is to contemplate Romanians, it was never very nice to have to be one, Christian or Jewish – and may never ever be.

Mihail Sebastian webastian jurnalHumanitas,p. Nae Ionescu — Mihail Jurnaal.