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Craii de Curtea-Veche

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Craii de Curtea-Veche (Romanian for The Old Court Libertines - could also be understood to mean "The Curtea Veche Kings", based on the common reference to well-to-do unmarried men as crai) is a novel by the inter-war Romanian author Mateiu Caragiale. Published in 1929, it took the author more than two decades to complete, and constituted his only major work. The short epic is not as much celebrated for its plot as much as it is for its style, blending a contemplative attitude inspired by Marcel Proust and fin de siècle decadence, inviting the reader into a decaying, "Levantine" 19th-century Bucharest, and prefigurating the intense debate among a whole generation of Romanian intellectuals about what Romanian specificity is (a controversy which was to culminate in Emil Cioran's philosophy).
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original title: Craii de Curtea-Veche
language: Romanian
date of publication: 1929
genre: novel

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