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"Reading The Black Envelope, one might think of the poisonous 'black milk' of Celan's Death Fugue or the claustrophobic air of mounting terror in Mr. Appelfeld's Badenheim 1939... Mr. Manea offers striking images and insights into the recent experience of Eastern Europe." (New York Times Book Review) "A vortex of imponderables: an elusive mystery story, a penetrating X-ray of Romania in the 1980s, a Kafkaesque parable of a world turned upside down in our nightmarish century. It's an enigmatic and deeply compelling novel." (Edward Hirsch)"
Norman Manea is Francis Flournoy Professor of European Culture and writer-in-residence at Bard College. Deported from his native Romania to a Ukrainian concentration camp during World War Two, he was again forced to leave Romania in 1986, no longer safe under an intolerant Communist dictatorship. Since arriving in the West he has received many important awards, including, in 2016, Romania's highest distinction, the the Presidential Order "The Romanian Star" in the highest level, of Great Officer. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in New York City. Patrick Camiller has translated many works, including Dumitru Tsepeneag's Vain Art of the Fugue, The Necessary Marriage, and Hotel Europa.