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Ivan – Mircea Eliade

This short story has impressed me very much! In just a few pages Mircea Eliade mixed the reality and dream so well, that I was very difficult to understand which one is which. ( I have to add here that Mircea Eliade is one of the best Romanian writers!).
The action starts in the open field, after the fight and when the Romanian soldiers were finding little resistance. Some Romanian soldiers find a wounded Soviet one. The Romanian superstitions state that if a dying man is blessing you, Death avoids you. The Romanian soldiers decide to take him with them, so that he would bless them. Unfortunately, none of them knew Russian language and they were trying to explain him in French and German. The Soviet soldier dies, they bury him and to continue their road home. In this moment the action shifts in another place and time. One of the soldiers, Darie, is in a home in Iasi, with his fiance Laura, doctor Procopie and he is telling the story of the soldier they named Ivan. This story line is mixed with the on from the field and we wake up with the soldiers again! At some point, Darie is speaking with Ivan about his life philosophies and oddly enough, Ivan seems to know and understand all of that. Later I realized that Darie was injured and all this was a dream. Fortunately, his colleagues don’t leave him behind and decide to carry him. The action is in a corn field that doesn’t seem to ever end. The finale is also mysterious, Darie is still hallucinating because his wound. He goes towards a bridge of light but remembers that he didn’t bless his colleagues, comes back but can’t find them anymore.

The author starts the novel with a pragmatic subject (war and survival fight) and then includes philosophical details, symbols and tries to prove that everything is relative: life, death, love…

Here goes the version for my Romanian readers out there! 🙂

Aceasta nuvela m-a impresionat destul de mult! In citeva pagini Eliade a impletit realitatea cu visul atit de bine ca este greu de descoperit unde este vis si unde fapt real. La inceput actiunea se desfasoara in cimp dupa o lupta cind soldatii romani intilneau putina rezistenta. Niste soldati romani gasesc un soldat rus ranit. Dupa superstitiile populare, daca un om pe cale sa moara te binecuvinteaza, moartea te ocoleste. Soldatii romani se hotarasc sa-l care cu ei pe rus ca acesta sa-i binecuvinteze. Din pacate, nici unul din ei nu vorbeste limba rusa si incearca sa-i explice in franceza si in germana. Soldatul sovietic moare iar romanii hotarasc sa-l ingroape si sa continue drumul spre casa. In acest moment actiunea se transfera in alt timp si spatiu. Unul din soldati, Darie, este in intr-un salon din Iaşi, în compania logodnicei Laura, a doctorului Procopie  si povesteste tuturor despre soldatul rus pe care ei l-au numit Ivan. Firul narativ se impleteste cu poveste de pe front si se pare ca iarasi sintem linga soldati! La un moment dat, Darie discuta si se plimba cu Ivan insusi si isi da seama ca ei se cunosc din alte timpuri. Ivan cunoste si intelege filosofia de viata a lui Darie, (despre evidenţele mutual contradictorii) ceea ce ii pare foarte ciudat lui Darie. Mai tirziu am inteles ca Darie era ranit si toate astea sint doar un vis. Din fericire, soldatii sint foarte fideli si nu il lasa in urma. Toata actiunea se desfasoara intr-un lan de porumb ce pare sa nu mai aiba sfirsit. Finalul este misterios, Darie mai are vedenii din cauza ranii. Se indreapta spre lumina dar isi aminteste ca nu si-a binecuvintat colegii si se intoarce inapoi dar nu-i mai gaseste.

Autorul porneste de la ceva foarte pragmatic (razboiul si lupta pentru supravietuire) ca mai apoi sa includa accente filozofoce, simboluri si sa demonstreze ca absolut totul este relativ: viata, moartea, dragostea…

August 6, 2012 Posted by | Book reviews, Recenzii carti | , , , , , , | 3 Comments


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