My reaction to Urmuz' book was rather ambivalent. Initially my expression was predominated by a huge question mark: I've rarely come across stories that were so strange and ended so abruptly. While that expression of wonder surely never left it was occasionaly joined by mirth and/or fascination. Because besides being so weird these stories are also absurdly funny sometimes and relate events that trigger the imagination in an original way. Apparently Eugene Ionesco called Urmuz his great influence and I can see why. This reads like a premonition of absurdism, written decades before the term came into fashion.
4 July 2008
Original titel Pagini bizare, 1930
Translated from the Romanian into Dutch by Jan Willem Bos