West Sussex: 2012:
First English language edition, Hardcover, Limited, Fine in Fine dust jacket,
Cover artwork by: Daniel Slobodskoi
This edition limited to 275 copies. Translated and annotated by Valentin Petcu. “Alexandru Macedonski; poet, esotericist and dandy, was one of the most colourful and provocative figures of late 19th century Romanian Literature. After traveling extensively throughout Europe in his youth he returned to Bucharest and pioneered the Symbolist movement in his home country, swiftly proving himself a bitter rival of dramatist Ion Luca Caragiale and national poet Mihai Eminescu ,and an inspiration to the younger generation of Romanian writers including George Bacovia and Matheiu Caragiale. Until now only a fraction of his oeuvre has been available to the English reader.
The novella Thalassa is Macedonski's only longer work and most well developed example of Symbolist prose in the Romanian language. Drawing on Arthur Rimbaud's concept of 'the Alchemy of the Word' vital scents, colours and sounds are assigned a dual meaning in another sense. The narrative, set on a remote island in the Black Sea, traces a youthful love affair from it's beginnings with the quickening of desire through to its consummation and finally to its cataclysmic ending. While emphasising the characters inner turmoil, both psychological and spiritual, and the drowsy sensual impressions called up by sun and wave the plot never the less unfolds with all the solemn inevitability and fatalism of a Classic Tragedy. As Madame Rachilde wrote over a century ago it is ‘difficult, fully developed in the Symbolist style, impossible to paraphrase and scented with the spices and fragrances of the Levant’.” #48888