Exiled Shadow

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Exiled Shadow
A virtuoso collage novel about narrative, identity, and exile, from international literary sensation Norman Manea

"Exiled Shadow belongs among the great, intricate, and uncompromising works of contemporary literature."--Jan Knoffeke, Neue Z├╝rcher Zeitung (Switzerland)

In this vibrant mosaic of voices, sources, and stories, the protagonist, known only as the Nomadic Misanthrope, leaves communist Romania and is reunited with his friend Gunther, an unrepentant Marxist exiled in Berlin. Their meeting sparks a spirited dialogue that endures throughout the Nomadic Misanthrope's subsequent decades in the United States. At the center of the plot is the figure of the shadow--the insubstantial shape of the exile, the wandering Jew, the death camp survivor, the individual under totalitarianism, the dark side of the Jungian personality--a figure that calls into question the boundaries of the human condition.

Recalling the beloved nineteenth-century German tale of Peter Schlemihl, the man who sold his shadow for a bag of gold, this is Norman Manea's most daring work yet: an intimate record of alienation and endurance.

Publication Date: 
August 22, 2023