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  • Published: 25 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241189627
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

For Two Thousand Years




'Absolutely, definitively alone', a young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that decides he doesn't belong. He searches for truth and understanding, spending days walking the streets and nights drinking and gambling, meeting revolutionaries, zealots, lovers and libertines. But as the threats and shouts he experiences daily start to harden into something even worse, he must accustom his eyes to the darkness that falls over Europe.This searing rediscovered 1934 masterpiece is an emotionally gripping and profoundly moving novel about broken layers of memory, the forces of history and what it means to be an outsider.%%%'Absolutely, definitively alone', a young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that has decided he doesn't belong. Spending his days walking the streets and his nights drinking and gambling, meeting revolutionaries, zealots, lovers and libertines, he adjusts his eyes to the darkness that falls over Europe, and threatens to destroy him. Mihail Sebastian's 1934 masterpiece, now translated into English for the first time, was written amid the anti-Semitism which would, by the end of the decade, force him out of his career and turn his friends and colleagues against him. For Two Thousand Years is a prescient, heart-wrenching chronicle of resilience and despair, broken layers of memory and the terrible forces of history.

  • Published: 25 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241189627
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

About the author

Mihail Sebastian

Mihail Sebastian was the pen-name of the Romanian writer Iosif Hechter. Born in the Danube port of Braila, he died in a road accident in 1945. During the period between the wars he was well-known for his lyrical and ironic plays and for urbane psychological novels tinged with melancholy, as well as for his extraordinary literary essays.

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