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Adam și Eva by Liviu Rebreanu Review

Title: Adam și Eva

Author: Liviu Rebreanu

First published January 1, 1925

202 pages, Paperback

Rating: 4.16


Duration: 12h 10m. Liviu Rebreanu has always been known to cherish his own work, but one book in particular has always held a special place in his heart – Adam and Eve.

It is unclear whether the author’s preference for Adam and Eve is due to his own confessions or whether it is a mechanism that we have yet to identify in the miraculous creation of the book. It could simply be a special affection, like that of a sensitive and delicate child in need of special attention.

Who knows… one thing is for certain, Rebreanu’s Adam and Eve is a masterpiece that will leave you in awe.

About the Author

Liviu Rebreanu was a talented Romanian writer who made significant contributions to literature, journalism, and playwriting. He was born in Târlişua, Transylvania, which was then part of Austria-Hungary.

His parents, Vasile Rebreanu and Ludovica Diuganu, were descendants of peasants, and he was the second of thirteen children. Liviu went to primary school in Maieru, where his father was his teacher.

He then went to military school in Sopron and later to the military academy in Budapest. After working as an officer in Gyula, he resigned in 1908 and illegally crossed the Transylvanian Alps into Romania, where he settled in Bucharest.

Liviu joined various literary circles and worked as a journalist for different publications, including Ordinea and Falanga literară şi artistică. However, in 1910, at the request of the Austro-Hungarian government, he was arrested and extradited.

He was imprisoned in Gyula and later freed in August of the same year. In 1911-1912, he became the secretary for the National Theater in Craiova, where he worked under the direction of short story writer Emil Gârleanu.

He married actress Fanny Rădulescu.

Liviu’s first published work was a collection of novellas titled Frământări (“Troublings”), which was released in 1912. During World War I, he worked as a reporter for Adevărul and continued to publish short stories such as Golanii (“The Hooligans”) and Mărturisire (Confession) in 1916 and Răfuială (“Resentfullness”) in 1919.

After the war, he became an important collaborator at the literary society Sburătorul, led by literary critic Eugen Lovinescu.

In 1920, Liviu published his novel Ion, which was the first modern Romanian novel. The book depicted the struggles over land ownership in rural Transylvania.

For Ion, Liviu received a Romanian Academy award, and he became a full member of the institution in 1939. Between 1928 and 1930, he served as the chairman of the National Theatre of Bucharest, and from 1940 to 1944, he was the President of the Romanian Writers’ Society.

In 1944, at the age of 59, Liviu was diagnosed with throat cancer. He ended his own life by shooting himself in the mouth at his country house in Valea Mare, Argeş County.

Editoral Review

Adam și Eva by Liviu Rebreanu is a Romanian classic, first published in 1925. The novel tells the story of Adam and Eva, two young lovers caught up in a world of societal constraints and familial obligation.

Set in 19th century Transylvania, the book explores the themes of love, betrayal, and social class.

Rebreanu’s writing style is simple and direct, but nonetheless manages to convey the depth of emotion experienced by the characters.

The author’s attention to detail evokes the rural setting of the story, providing readers with a vivid portrait of the characters and their surroundings. The novel is notable for being one of the first works of Romanian literature to explore the issue of gender equality, something that was a revolutionary concept at the time of its publication.

The plot unfolds with the two lovers, Adam and Eva, struggling to reconcile their love with the expectations of their society and their respective families. As the story progresses, the two must navigate the pressures and expectations of their peers, while still trying to hold onto their love for each other.

The characters in this novel are well-developed and their motivations and actions are relatable. Readers will feel connected to the struggles of Adam and Eva, and will be rooting for them throughout the course of the novel.

The strengths of Adam și Eva lie in its ability to convey complex themes through compelling characters and an engaging plot. The novel is a testament to the beauty and complexity of Romanian literature, and is a poignant reminder of the power of love and the challenges of societal norms.

However, the pacing of the novel is slow at times, and the plot can feel predictable.

Overall, Adam și Eva is a beautifully crafted novel that is sure to captivate readers.

It is a must-read for fans of classic literature, and anyone interested in exploring the complexities of love and social class. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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