Romanian Suite

By Kenneth Radu

Romanian Suite
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In linked poems of great individual power, Kenneth Radu addresses the matter of Romania, the country of his ancestors, summoning figures from myth, distant and recent history, and the arts. The cast of characters includes Dracula, Prince Vlad the Impaler, and the devil -- all ... Read more


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In linked poems of great individual power, Kenneth Radu addresses the matter of Romania, the country of his ancestors, summoning figures from myth, distant and recent history, and the arts. The cast of characters includes Dracula, Prince Vlad the Impaler, and the devil -- all related to Ceausescu himself -- as well as an immigrant and his wife, and the great Romanian pianists Dinu Lipatti and Radu Lupu, and a bride who courageously battles the devil for control of her wedding. These interweave with a narrator in the present -- a gardener-pianist -- to create a long poem that is both an exorcism and a celebration, an enactment of the human capacity to survive and regenerate spiritually.

Kenneth Radu

Kenneth Radu has published books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including The Cost of Living, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. His collection of stories A Private Performance and his novel Distant Relations both received the Quebec Writers' Federation Award for best English-language fiction. His last novel is The Purest of Human Pleasures (Penguin). He is also the author of Sex in Russia: New & Selected Stories (DC Books Canada). Born in Windsor, Ontario, he taught for many years at John Abbott College near Montreal and now writes full time

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