INTERIOR DE CONSTANTIN FANTANERU–APPROCHE INTERTEXTUELLE
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INTERIOR BY CONSTANTIN FANTANERU – INTER-TEXTUAL APPROACH
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Interior [Inside], Constantin Fântâneru’s journal-novel, remains an important testimony of the 30’s “authenticity” literature and of "the bizarre adventure of being human" (Cf. « bizara aventură de a fi om », in M. Blecher, Inimi cicatrizate. Întâmplări în irealitatea imediată, Ed. MondoRo, Bucureşti, 2010, p. 166; translation mine). The narrative charts the anxiety of Călin Adam’s, i.e. the protagonist’s, disjointed consciousness. The protagonist tries to accept the absurdity of existence and to bridge the widening gaps between reality and his mental representation of it. Constantin Fântâneru’s inter-textual perspective reveals possible similarities with Knut Hamsun, Max Blecher, Mircea Eliade and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The Norwegian writer’s influence on the novel Hunger resides in the presence of para-sensory acuity and behavioral incoherence of the protagonist, from which his social marginality derived. Max Blecher’s novel Întâmplări în irealitatea imediată [Occurrence in the Immediate Unreality] reveals the same "unreality", a universe in which the character-narrator gradually immersed himself. In Romanul adolescentului miop [Novel of the Nearsighted Adolescent], Mircea Eliade captures the same impetuous spirit of adolescence while charting the process of becoming a teenager. Călin Adam’s likeness to Goliadkin, the Dostoyevskyan character, is highlighted via the phenomenon of splitting, i. e. man’s sad fate in a merciless and indifferent society. In spite of these similarities with Romanian topoi, Interior boasts an original view in that the protagonist discovers the "transsubstantiation", a process which involves a transfer of energy between the material universe and the human being that saves him and helps him find a meaning in his life.
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