Blue Jeans, Red Country

Young Writers in Romania in the 1980s

in Journal of World Literature
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From their very debut, the writers of the Romanian so-called “’80s Generation” dropped altogether the Thaw literary1 formula, which was based on half-truths. Instead, they developed a programmatic discourse that showed a great self-awareness of “the real reality.” Their need to reconquer the real was radically different from propagandist make-believe, and from the ideological verbiage that constituted the official discourse. This essay looks into the specific configuration of a new poetic paradigm by examining critically the challenges of its relation with the material, that is to say everyday reality (with a special focus on the Romanian youth culture in the ’80s) as one of the defining elements of the young generation’s poetry.



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    Traian T. Coșovei, Ion Stratan, Mircea Cărtărescu, and Florin Iaru in the early ’80s

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    Students in the Grozăvești campus, mid-’80s

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    Rock concert in the “G. Preoteasa” Cultural Student House, Bucharest, 1969

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    Back cover of the collective debut poetry volume Aer cu diamante (1981). From left to right: Ion Stratan, Mircea Cărtărescu, Traian T. Coșovei, and Florin Iaru in the early ’80s.

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