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The fall of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989 marked, in one famous formulation, the "end of history." In his apocalyptic novel Coming from an Off-Key Time, Bogdan Suceava? satirizes the events in his native Romania since the violent end of the Ceaus?escu regime that fateful year.
Suceava? uses three interrelated narratives to illustrate the destructive power of Romanian society?s most powerful mythologies. He depicts madness of all kinds but especially religious beliefs and their perversion by all manner of outrageous sects. Here horror and humor reside impossibly in the same time and place, and readers experience the vertiginous feeling of living in the middle of a violent historical upheaval.
Even as Coming from an Off-Key Time suggests the influence of such writers as Mikhail Bulgakov, the fantastic satirist of the early Soviet Union, Suceava? engages the complexities of a quickly changing country in search of its bearings and suspicious of its past.