Published in 2000 by Ivan R Dee, Chicago. Translated from the original Romanian by Patrick Camiller, with an introduction and notes by Radu Ioanid. Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Includes an index and several maps.
Hailed as one of the most important portrayals of the dark years of Nazism, this powerful chronicle by the Romanian Jewish writer Mihail Sebastian aroused a furious response in Eastern Europe when it was first published. A profound and powerful literary achievement, it offers a lucid and finely shaded analysis of erotic and social life, a Jew's diary, a reader's notebook, a music-lover's journal.
Above all, it is an account of the 'rhinocerization' of major Romanian intellectuals whom Sebastian counted among his friends, including Mircea Eliade and E.M. Cioran, writers and thinkers who were mesmerised by the Nazi-fascist delirium of Europe's reactionary revolution.
In poignant, unforgettable sequences, Sebastian follows the grinding progression of the machinery of brutalisation and traces the historical context in which it developed.
Despite 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 perceptive and luminous intelligence. The legacy of a journalist, novelist, and playwright, Sebastian's Journal stands as one of the most important human and literary documents of the climate that preceded the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.
The author, Mihail Sebastian, was a promising young Jewish playwright living in Romania. Having survived the war and the holocaust he was killed in a car accident in 1945.
This is an early edition complete with original unclipped dust jacket. All in a very good clean condition. Closed tears and creases to the edges of the dust jacket. Untrimmed page edges.