AT LATE HOURS
Romanian edition. Original title: CEASURI TARZII
LUMEN – Copyright © 2008 – POETRY & FICTION Book Series
FORMAT: Paperback PAGES: 114 LANGUAGE: Romanian
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Paul Mihalache’s prose – young author, still tenacious (but disobedient) apprentice to the masters of modern and contemporary prose, from Chandler (with the pathos of the singer, the “metaphysical” or resigned looser) and Cortazar (the diegetic zigzag) to Salman Rushdie (the pleasure of the story, the proliferation of the fantastic) – they won me over, despite some clumsiness, through lucidity and melancholy. A cruel, cold, inconsequential, ironic and self-ironic lucidity. A never sentimental melancholy, stopped at one step away from melodrama, “in the nostalgia of mostly imagined memories.” The author often leads us with subtlety and refinement, to a background of the narrative, open to existential interrogation. The stylistic exercise thus becomes a search for the Self. Authenticating a vocation. Be careful, Paul Mihalache, not to bury the talent!