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The novel moves at a leisurely pace, recounting events and conversations; not a particularly sympathetic hero–he carouses and contemplates his life and future–but journal entries provide an intimate glimpse into his life; issues centered on anti-Semitism but also conversations about Communism and Zionism; set in Romania between WWI mmihail II, there’s a strong sense of time and place and a sense of foreboding about the next decade; spare language, philosophical with long passages of his reflections; thought-provoking, disturbing, grim, reflective.

That assignment erased two centuries of history. This is a powerful one-man play drawn from the journals of Mihail Sebastian, a Romanian Jewish writer who lived in Romania when the country became more fascist, prior to the Second World War, then began vacillating as the Nazis began losing the war, etc.

So while there are many great reviews about the historical politics, Sebastian’s jurnalull and influence, etc. Has the war left its mark only on me? I feel pretty much the same about this novel as I do about Herzog. I found this book not only a heart breaking narrative nihail the s, but also, perhaps, a prophetic insight into today’s current socio-political issues.


Unfortunately, I neglected my co-nationals for many years, which is unfair as we have many talented writers.

But I also will never cease to be from the land of the Danube. His remarkable diary was published only recently in its original language and is here translated into English for the first time. I didn’t find my old exuberance in the mountains. Throughout the hardships of war – losing essentially every liberty, possession and possibility, Sebastian writes.

Sitting on my fold-down seat, I felt a wretched outcast, ugly, old, sad, and shabby.

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One part at the beginning struck me. In the world today, when the political climate is going through waves of ,ihail changes this book gives a lot of food for thought.

To ask other readers questions about For Two Thousand Yearsplease sign up. The narrator has to deal with rampant antisemitism while a student, and, scarily, he almost seems to accept it – he has an odd view that Jewish people are instinctively martyrs and he resents his fellow Jews and much as he hates the thugs who attack him daily.

The few rays of optimism, desire for social acceptance, and wishes for social and political comity that range through For Two Thousand seem tragic in retrospect. Then, while I was reading it, there was some parts that I related to so jirnalul specifically in terms of feeling so confined and alone to my own awareness, and thereby alienated from a lack of common understanding.

For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian

How the effects of fascism were felt as one by one analogous anti-Semitic laws were introduced just like in Germany. I feel a little bad having read this when I haven’t read any Stefan Zweig, but a Romanian colleague praised it so I thought I would humour him, and I’m not necessarily sorry that I did. I read it in Romanian, after seeing it mentioned on Tyler Cowen’s blog.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I laughed and agreed with the professor. With a wide range of characters, each largely different from the other, he brings together the various school of political beliefs in a conflict ecosystem. Nearly all the men were well dressed, calm, exuding comfort and self-confidence.

Later on, he becomes an architect and moves to Paris, but when antisemitism rears its ugly head again in the early s, he’s appalled to discover that some of his close friends join in.

David Auburn, Jurnalul lui Mihail Sebastian, r. Cristina Bejan

At the university he deals with anti-Semitism in the form of physical attacks, and a few years later he discovers that even the friends and colleagues he gets on with harbour deeply-rooted anti-Semitic feeling.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. His journal was discovered and published in Bufonul jurnalului este Camil Petrescu.

Our protagonist is a young man who describes his experiences of poignant existential alienation from society.

Even the price of bread is set at twice of that of the rest of the population. This clarifies so many things and obscures so many more… As in our modern age, discord comes startling quickly, and is deeply unsettling.

Refresh and try again. Infused with self doubt and criticism, he has no political affiliations or high moral grounds to speak of.