Old Admiral Leonida | Cultural Observatory

The publishing house Publisol has an excellent idea of ​​publishing a collection of books by Leonida Nyamo, bringing to life the books of a writer who has been talked about and talked about much less than they deserve. Only a superficial and malicious reading could classify him as a “secondary” author, merging him at most among the classics of the novel.
Cop from pre-1990, with Rodica Ogog-Brachofino, Theodor Konstantin, Haralamb Zenko, and Horia Tecciano. For his novels, which are not merely detective, spy or adventure novels, it can be difficult to fit them into a particular formula and prefer to incorporate them into the empirical movement so powerfully constituted in Roman poetry and prose.the second half of the 1960s. Now the experiences of the avant-garde have been rediscovered, and the capture of the new French novel, Kafka and the theater of the absurd, and the clichés of realistic narrative (agreed upon by politicians at the time) Mircea Horia Simonescu begins, followed at the beginning of the next decade by Radu Petrescu and Costache Olăreanu. And Leonida Nyamo scattered on similar coordinates.

The writer was born in 1934, in Soroka, and began his postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Philology in Cluj in 1951, but dropped out (apparently under pressure from the Securitate, which radically watched the Bessarabian refugees), in 1953. In pages literary calendar He was part of the magazine’s editorial board the starLed by A.E. Baconsky.

Before discovering his calling as a prose writer, he published two volumes of poetry, honoring the cliches of the time, and his first novel, silver ax (1964), in keeping with the traditional police narrative. The turning point in the literary activity of Leonida Nyamo was the moment when she made up her own prose land, of astonishing originality, in 1966. Now the author publishes the short novel Where the wind rolls on the cloudsbut especially Adventure and counter-adventureOne of his most representative books. It can be said that from this moment Leonida Nyamo really discovered herself, and the novels and stories that were published later will always have an impressive number, if not in letter, at least in the spirit of the non-conformist formula of Adventure and counter-adventure.

Among the books of Leonida Nyamo published after 1966 rent for hope (1968), You know, Lavinia, octopuses1970 (1970), Devil’s roof (1973), detective novels (1978), hope hope (1980) especially The Legend of the Lost Knights (1984), the writer’s most disturbing “non-police” novel, which can be seen as a belated response to Adventure and counter-adventure And it has something of the seriousness of the literary will.

Leonida Nyamo died in 1992, leaving behind not only more than thirty books, but also the memory of an ancient Bohemian pedestal from Cluj, which had already become a legend in my student years.

Konstantin Kopelian, one of the few who wrote about the inventor of the rent for hope, which I also conscientiously paid for as a teenager, recalls that “the young man, eager to live his life according to his own programmes, follows a strict creative discipline: in the morning he sits at a typewriter, filling the pages with the overflowing adventures of heroes unusual, then, in the appropriate season, a boat ride on the lake in the park, rowing with real rower ambition for an hour… two, and then slowly ascending downtown, with a stop (mandatory for some time) at the barracks on the corner of Barreto Street with the 1st of May, at So called “Deanery” (frequented by Polytechnic students in nearby buildings), drinking Jamaican rum (like sailors or even pirates), excursions into the countryside by motorbike (initially, then by car, in trendy Wartburg), playing football, participating At the symposia of literature lovers in SF, organized in the great cities of the country Danube cruises, organized by ONT; he is forever fond of the beautiful women he fonds in his adventure novels – he is a true literary bohemian who writes with pleasure and to the delight of his very many readers. ”

Adventure and counter-adventureLeonida’s Crossroads is, at first glance, a brilliant and seemingly endless (but never boring) circus show, with mind-boggling narrative acrobatics and dizzying numbers of illusion. It is no coincidence that its protagonists are two circus connoisseurs, con artist Lardea and acrobat Vinoacă, who pass, at dizzying pace, from one adventure to the next, wandering the seas, oceans, ports, lands, real and imaginary cities, often in the company of mysterious strangers from the stars and the ancient Admiral Salamanca And some exotic pets like the Felicia cobra. Space and time no longer work here as in the traditional adventure novel: moving from one adventure to another and from one place to another takes place at breakneck speed, without any prior training or stimulation, and the most efficient means of transportation is imagination.. In Leonida Nyamo’s book, this is very powerful It suffices to imagine one thing – as Salamanca imagined the enigmatic Craig – for it to come into being, and through the games of such imagination, reality turns into a fertile dream. Fiction, orchestrated by Leonida Nyamo with Ariel’s Grace, blends magic, grotesque, absurdity, vividness, and sadness in a high-impact show.

But behind these tireless imaginative acts, which carry something of the innocence of the game, hide a deeper meaning. If we put aside lush props, Adventure and counter-adventure Gaining the appearance of an introductory novel, Lardia and his companions become the “Knights of the Grail”, which – as they are known – are associated with the symbolism of the heart. Searching for the Grail means – symbolically – searching for your heart. The journey of Lardea and Vinoacă is not without its purpose, its destination is the “lighthouse of Mangalia”, it is the way home, the way to itself, the rediscovery of the “heart” that the unknown conjures up after the travelers finally return home: “I am happy for you!” The mysterious unknown whispered. Then he whispered the first word he learned from Vinuka: the heart. From this perspective, the book represents the novel The Path to the Self by Leonida Nyamo, who, in Adventure and counter-adventureHe was discovering his true artistic personality. He thus foretold the subject of the artist’s condition with which the author would deal in a more serious record The legend of the absent knights.

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