Youth Without Youth

ISBN-10: 0226204154

ISBN-13: 9780226204154

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mircea Eliade, Francis Ford Coppola, Mac Linscott Ricketts, Matei Calinescu

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Bucharest, 1938: while Hitler gains power in Germany, the Romanian police start arresting students they suspect of belonging to the Iron Guard. Meanwhile, a man who has spent his life studying languages, poetry, and history--a man who thought his life was over--lies in a hospital bed, inexplicably alive and miraculously healthy, trying to figure out how to conceal his identity. At the intersection of the natural and supernatural, myth and history, dream and science, lies Mircea Eliade's novella. Now in its first paperback edition, the psychological thriller features Dominic Matei, an elderly academic who experiences a cataclysmic event that allows him to live a new life with startling intellectual capacity. Sought by the Nazis for their medical experiments on the potentially life-prolonging power of electric shocks, Matei is helped to flee through Romania, Switzerland, Malta and India. Newly endowed with prodigious powers of memory and comprehension, he finds himself face to face with the glory and terror of the supernatural. In this surreal, philosophy-driven fantasy, Eliade tests the boundaries of literary genre as well as the reader's imagination. Suspenseful, witty, and poignant, "Youth Without Youth" illuminates Eliade's longing for past loves and new texts, his erotic imagination, and his love of a thrilling mystery. It will be adapted for the screen in 2007 as Francis Ford Coppola's first feature film in over ten years. "A wonderful blend of realism, surrealism, and fantasy, [Eliade's novellas] suggest the importance of the mythic and the supernatural to finding meaning in the everyday. Highly recommended." --"Library Journal" "Youth Without Youth reads like asurreal collaboration by Jorge Luis Borges, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and Carl Jung. Mircea Eliade left me with the rare sense that I had been entertained by a genius."--William Allen, author of "Starkweather and The Fire in the Birdbath and Other Disturbances"
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Born in Bucharest, Rumania, Mircea Eliade studied at the University of Bucharest and, from 1928 to 1932, at the University of Calcutta with Surendranath Dasgupta. After taking his doctorate in 1933 with a dissertation on yoga, he taught at the University of Bucharest and, after the war, at the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1957, Eliade was a professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. He was at the same time a writer of fiction, known and appreciated especially in Western Europe, where several of his novels and volumes of short stories appeared in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Two Tales of the Occult "to relate some yogic techniques, and particularly yogic folklore, to a series of events narrated in the genre of a mystery story." Both Nights of Serampore and The Secret of Dr. Honigberger evoke the mythical geography and time of India. Mythology, fantasy, and autobiography are skillfully combined in Eliade's tales.

Francis Ford Coppola won his first Oscar at age 31 for the screenplay for Patton, which he co-wrote with Edmund H. North. He won his first Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with The Conversation, which he wrote and directed. He went on to direct 20 films, including the epic Godfather trilogy, and most recently, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Jack, and John Grisham's The Rainmaker. He lives in Northern California.

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