The Forbidden Forest

Noaptea de Sânziene
The Forbidden Forest (Noaptea de Sânziene; Forêt interdite) is a 1955 novel by the Romanian writer Mircea Eliade.wikipedia
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Mircea Eliade

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The Forbidden Forest (Noaptea de Sânziene; Forêt interdite) is a 1955 novel by the Romanian writer Mircea Eliade.
The best known are the novels Maitreyi ("La Nuit Bengali" or "Bengal Nights"), Noaptea de Sânziene ("The Forbidden Forest"), Isabel și apele diavolului ("Isabel and the Devil's Waters") and Romanul Adolescentului Miop ("Novel of the Nearsighted Adolescent"), the novellas Domnișoara Christina ("Miss Christina") and Tinerețe fără tinerețe ("Youth Without Youth"), and the short stories Secretul doctorului Honigberger ("The Secret of Dr. Honigberger") and La Țigănci ("With the Gypsy Girls").

Eurocon

EuroCon (ESFS Awards)Eurocon Encouragement AwardEuropean Science Fiction Convention
The novel received the Fantastic and Fantasy Award for best novel at Eurocon 1978 in Brussel.

Băneasa Forest

Băneasă's Green Glade
Băneasa Forest is assigned a central presence in Noaptea de Sânziene, a novel written after 1949 by Romanian author and researcher Mircea Eliade.

Sânziană

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Mircea Eliade's novel, Noaptea de Sânziene (translated as The Forbidden Forest), includes references to the folk belief about skies opening at night, as well as to paranormal events happening in the Băneasa Forest.

Midsummer

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He lives with his wife Ioana and also has a mistress, Ileana, whom he met at a Midsummer celebration.

Iron Guard

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When Stefan tries to provide refuge for a member of the Iron Guard, he is put in a prison camp and temporarily loses his job.

Bombing of Bucharest in World War II

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Stefan's wife Ioana and their son die in the bombings of Bucharest in 1944.

Éditions Gallimard

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The novel was first published by Éditions Gallimard in 1955 in a French translation by Alain Guillermou.

University of Notre Dame Press

Notre Dame Press
An English translation by Mac Linscott Ricketts and Mary Park Stevenson was published in 1978 through University of Notre Dame Press.

Stig Wikander

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It received little response from the academic world upon the initial publication, although the Swedish professor Stig Wikander wrote a positive review for Sydsvenska Dagbladet Snällposten.

Sydsvenskan

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It received little response from the academic world upon the initial publication, although the Swedish professor Stig Wikander wrote a positive review for Sydsvenska Dagbladet Snällposten.

Rockford Institute

ChroniclesChronicles: A Magazine of American CultureJohn Randolph Club
Chronicles of Culture reviewed the book in 1980:

War and Peace

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Not unlike the Russian masterpiece bearing that title, Eliade's novel transcends the particulars of its subject matter—in this case, Romania at the outset of the Second World War—to explore the agonies of man's condition, his inevitable recourse to violence as he fails to understand others and, above all, himself.

World War II

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Not unlike the Russian masterpiece bearing that title, Eliade's novel transcends the particulars of its subject matter—in this case, Romania at the outset of the Second World War—to explore the agonies of man's condition, his inevitable recourse to violence as he fails to understand others and, above all, himself.

Șerban Cioculescu

Şerban Cioculescu
Another incriminating evidence used by the communist authorities was a clandestine translation of Eliade's own Noaptea de Sânziene novel, transported into Romania and made accessible to Cioculescu.

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

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The following year, he went on a visit to Italy, where he wrote the first 300 pages of his novel Noaptea de Sânziene (he visited the country a third time in 1952).