Launching today and available via all major bookshops and online sellers: the new Romanian novel, Vene rare, published by Nemira Publishing House. The novel tells the story of a young writer returning home only to find the neighbourhood possessed by a new religion. The death of the Greek, canonized for the dogma he shared, but also because his lifeless body floats, is just the beginning: from now on, a universe – recognizable and yet unique – opens, in and between blocks, in apartments, above parking lots, in the viscera of the basements. The Cold Wound, the All-Seeing Blind Cat, the God of the Invisible Church, Rare Veins, The Incandescent Themselves are just a few of the characters who unfold this mesmerizing world at the reader’s feet.
“A fabulous land, built by a contemporary architect, this is the Ocean of Concrete. And the way in which each apartment house turns out to be a whole world, with its religion, its own leaders, proselytes and subjects, heroes and those on the sidelines, saints, but also false idols, shows that this land could not have a better chronicler than Flavius Ardelean. A writing like a lego game in which, with the same pieces, you continually build something else. A writer who is always surprising, even though you know what to expect when you open a book by him.” (Michael Haulică, author)
” A metaphorical novel, on several levels, Vene Rare is the most autobiographical of Flavius Ardelean’s books (although not exactly in the sense in which we are used to), where searching and home are two of the essential pillars. They are joined by a few key words: literature (and its meaning), spirituality, darkness, hermeticism, magic eyes, (self) irony, collective dementia, life and death – and vice versa. With testamentary valences, the book is the writing that marks a rupture and announces a new direction in his prose. At the end of it, not only will you eagerly await the next literary chapter, but you will also be left with a strong stench in your nostrils.” (Eli Bădică, editor)