Centrifugal Modernity, Centripetal Belonging

Romanian-Jewish emigre writer Norman Manea says that both national identity and exile are states of mind.

“The Fifth Impossibility:
Essays on Exile and Language” by Norman Manea. Yale/Margellos. World Republic of Letters series, 360 pages, $15 ‏(paperback‏)

The writer in exile is the general subject of this collection of novelist Norman Manea’s essays, in which he describes and analyzes the major condition of his existence. In 1941, at the age of 5, Manea was spewed out of his...