by Leonard Oprea

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Editorial Reviews Book Description

Leonard Oprea, a brilliant Romanian writer, author of important fiction and non-fiction works, is one of the finest, truly original contemporary East European writers. His outstanding works, the poignant novel "The Straitjacket" and the acclaimed volume of short stories "The X-Ray of an Instant" were banned by the Communist dictatorship and came out only after the anti-Communist revolution in December 1989.
Leonard Oprea's books received the highest praise from the most influential critics in Romania who rightly compared his vision to works by Aldous Huxley, and, to some extent, Borges and Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain.
Leonard Oprea's tell-tale stories from TRILOGY of THEOPHIL MAGUS - The Truth are situated in a strange no man's land where everyday life becomes truly magical.
I most enthusiastically define Leonard Oprea's writings as splendid expressions of a uniquely original vision of our fragmented, shattered, but marvelously exciting world.
Here we have a truly unique voice, an unparalleled perspective rooted in the bizarre, exotic. Leonard Oprea's American language style combines a discovery of hidden meanings of words with a fabulous sense of secret humor
These writings are an invitation to soul-searching, self-scrutiny, and admission that the world's deepest meaning lays in the ubiquitous presence of a hidden transcendence (what Arthur Koestler called the "invisible writing" or the "language of destiny").
Leonard Oprea's book will be for the American reader a fresh, uninhibited, genuinely different voice, and I most cordially urge you to listen to it.
(Vladimir Tismaneanu - philosopher, essayist)

In Theophil Magus' 40 Tales about Man, a great variety of sacred and profane themes, archaic, mythical, contemporary (Moses, Gandhi, Christmas, children, pilgrimage, journalism) serves as vivid stimulation for this literary adventure, written with humor, knowledge and wit ... in an inviting dialogue with the reader.
(Norman Manea - novelist, essayist)

Leonard Oprea's 40 Tales of Trilogy of Theophil Magus - The Truth, range from the depiction of the everyday to the mythological and Borgesian to the religious. Honored with numbers of prizes in his native Romania, this writer is a true iconoclast and a true talent.
(Adam J. Sorkin - author, essayist, editor)

Yes, Leonard Oprea knows how to tell his 40 Tales about Man of Theophil Magus' Trilogy and all the tales of the world because he uses la modification to place his unmistakable fingerprint on each of them. In this, no doubt that Leonard Oprea is a genius "thief" who strangely wants to enlarge the public domain he furtively relishes, not diminish it. I repeatedly asked myself if one can say about a writer who is still alive, whom I had the privilege of knowing, that he is a very good writer, even a great one. I have always had my doubts about it until now - when I braced up and concluded that you can.
(Liviu Antonesei - poet, novelist, essayist)

Customer Reviews from AMAZON.com and BARNES&NOBLE.com:

***** Outstanding literary work - great book! , April 25, 2008
By Mary Ann "book lover" (new york) - See all my reviews

A friend of mine told me that this book must be kept at the bedside to be enjoyed before going to sleep. My friend was right. Some tales of Leonard Oprea remind me of famous South Americans like Borges, A.Bioy Casares or Julio Cortazar. Still, these tales are so different. The author is different and unique. These tell-tales are about everyone of us and God. From ancient mythologies to real life, from Bible themes to daily life troubles, about happiness and sorrow, they are wonderfully written. They have plenty of wit and wisdom. This book is meant to bring back Faith and hope into our heart. You will love it.

***** Transcendent, June 2, 2008
By Patrick L. Smith - See all my reviews

Once again, Leonard Oprea eludes all categories in this marvelous work of understated brilliance. Though its elusiveness may not have been the aim of the author, it is naturally the product of a remarkably thoughtful and provacative tapesty of myth, fairy tale, and parable. The Trilogy of Theophil Magus seeks no simple definition but rather aims to stir and poetically restore us to a place of sublime truth and goodness. In a method not unlike Kierkegaard's socratic midwife, Mr. Oprea connects us to something deep and wonderful within our consciousness. Perhaps in a world and culture where we are forgetting the religious and ethical dimensions of human life, The Trilogy of Theophil Magus could not come at a better time.

***** A book you cannot miss - it will change your life, June 2, 2008
By Hamilton Scott "Scott" (Chicago) - See all my reviews

Oh, yes - this book is about "the Truth" indeed. Yes, this novel is a literary work you cannot find in everyday-life. Yes, it is a revelation, but not a theological one. Yes, it is an amazing adventure for the Spirit and the Knowledge of every one of us, world-wide. Yes, this novel is a literary masterpiece about God, Man and our world. No, this is not the book to miss.

About the Author:

Born in 1953, Leonard Oprea is a celebrated Romanian writer.
He was an anti-communist dissident in Romania during Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship.
Leonard Oprea is the author of the well-known Romanian novel The Straitjacket and the volume of short stories and novellas The X-ray of an instant (both books banned by the Romanian Communist dictatorship).
Leonard Oprea is also the creator of the unique book, Trilogy of Theophil Magus, a fictional religious and philosophical collection of stories, novellas, and meditations which compose this work as a sui-generis novel (its second volume was published in an English version in the USA).

Books by Leonard Oprea:

* Domenii interzise (Forbidden areas) - short stories and novellas; Albatros Publishing House - 1984, Romania.

* Radiografia clipei (The X-ray of an instant) - short stories and novellas forbidden by the Romanian Communist dictatorship in 1987; Dacia Publishing House - 1990, Romania; the second edition with critical references at Curtea Veche Publishing - 2003, Romania; electronic book by "LiterNet", 2005, Romania.

* Camasa de forta (The Straitjacket) a novel banned by the Romanian Communist dictatorship in 1988; Nemira Publishing House - 1992, Romania; the second edition with critical references at Curtea Veche Publishing - 2004, Romania; electronic book by "LiterNet", 2005, Romania.

o Cele Noua Invataturi ale lui Theophil Magus despre Magia Transilvana
(The Nine Teachings of Theophil Magus on Transylvanian Magic) - Polirom Publishing House -2000, Romania; electronic book by "LiterNet", 2003, Romania.

o The Book Of Theophil Magus Or 40 Tales About Man
(Cartea lui Theophil Magus sau 40 de Povesti despre Om) - Polirom Publishing House - 2001, Romania. English version, October 2003, edited in the USA by Ingram Book Group/; new edition by AuthorHouse - 2004, USA.

o Meditatiile lui Theophil Magus sau Simple Cugetari Crestine la Inceputul Mileniului III
(The Meditations of Theophil Magus or Simple Christian Thoughts at the Beginning of the Third Millennium) - Polirom Publishing House - 2002, Romania; electronic book by "LiterNet", 2004, Romania.

* THEOPHIL MAGUS - CONFESSIONS 2004-2006 ("Universal Dalsi" Publishing House, 2007, Romania)

* THEOPHIL MAGUS in BATON ROUGE - a haiku novel (X-libris Corp./ Random House Ventures, 2008, USA)
"In Romania, Leonard Oprea is a distinguished writer. In my opinion, here in the USA, Leonard Oprea could make a genuine contribution to our current writing landscape. His narrative of his immigrant experience is felicitously captured in his novel in haiku."
(Andrei Codrescu - poet, author, NPR commentator)

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