Storytelling through the eyes of one’s childhood makes Florescus first novel Wunderzeit a success. His novel is a journey through the past of places and childhood memories: at the Yugoslavian border, the family’s flight from a communist Romania allows the protagonist, Alin, to remember his childhood, his travel with his father to the US for medical treatment, his first experiences of foreignness and first love. A family history, the tender childhood images and the and the “reflection of the self … through the depicted spaces … of “memory” and “everyday life” (Heero, 2011, 208) comprise the novel’s universe. Through imagining a memory of places Florescus protagonist constructs a pattern of completion: the childhood and the meaning of becoming.
– by BIZULEANU DANA