Mihail Sebastian, „Oraşul cu salcâmi” – evadarea în spaţiu utopic: Note de lectură

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The aim of the article is to highlight how the writer Mihail Sebastian created the evasion in an imaginary realm in the first novel he wrote. The novelist was interested in different ways to dissimulate the belonging to the realness. He aimed at eluding the guide marks of reality through the devise of parallel worlds whose characteristics are accessible and meaningful only to heroes initiated in the instinctive cult of evasion. Utopia is both an ideal space in the imaginary (the dreamland, Eutopia) and a “place that does not exist” (“no-place”) when literally translated from Greek. Thus the entire literary work of Mihail Sebastian orbits irresolutely between fairy play and farce. The space of the evasion the fiction writer imagines is not a faraway exotic realm, but a niche disguised in the daily life. It is impossible to locate by the outsiders and from its interior the initiated evade even the idea of affiliation to the objective reality. The heroes from Oraşul cu salcâmi (The Acacia Tree City) isolate themselves, claustrophobic and autistic, out of their own will in an oasis which involves, to them, the sum of all necessary potentialities. Proscripts or misfits, they outline instinctually – never cerebrally – a false but self-sufficient world where lie in wait indeterminate and indefinite.


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  • evasion, imaginary, instincts, dissimulation, devise, disguise, escape, Utopia
Translated title of the contributionMihail Sebastian, The Acacia Tree City - The Escape in the Utopia
Original languageRomanian
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 22
Publication categoryResearch
EventInternationale Tagung „Räume und Medien in der Romania“ - Institut für Romanistik der Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Duration: 2015 Sep 272015 Sep 30


ConferenceInternationale Tagung „Räume und Medien in der Romania“
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Bibliographic note

Bâgiu, Lucian (2011). „Mihail Sebastian – «De două mii de ani»: labirintul conştiinţei individuale”, în Transilvania, serie nouă, revistă editată de Centrul Cultural Interetnic Transilvania, Nr. 9: pp. 14-20. Bâgiu, Lucian Vasile (2007). „Ştefan Valeriu și «Jocul de-a vacanţa»”: prototipul evaziunii în dramaturgia lui Mihail Sebastian”, în Annales Universitatis Apulensis. Series Philologica, Tom 1, An 8: pp. 71-80. Sebastian, Mihail (1983). Oraşul cu salcâmi. Accidentul (The Acacia Tree City. The Accident). Bucureşti: Editura Minerva. Ştefănescu, Cornelia (1968). Mihail Sebastian. Editura Tineretului. Vartic, Ion (1982). Mihail Sebastian sau „lenea de plantă” a fiinţei, vol. Modelul şi oglinda (Mihail Sebastian or “the plant idleness” of the being, vol. The Model and the Mirror). Cartea Românească.

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