Danubian Exoticism in "Europolis"

Jean Bart, Alina Cheşcă
The exotic and maritime Romanian novel is represented by only few titles; among them we can mention: "Europolis" (1933) by Jean Bart, "All Sails Up!" (1954) by Radu Tudoran and "The Mediterranean" by Panait Istrati. While "All Sails Up!" is a novel of hope and escape, a novel of adventure on the seas and oceans of the world, "Europolis" can be considered a novel of return, of provincial failure and lost hopes. That is why the word "nothing" is repeatedly and obsessively used as a leitmotif of
more » ... as a leitmotif of futility and transience. However, this is a charming and melancholic book about Sulina and its people. A picturesque and exotic world, populated by Romanian, English, Jewish, Greek and Armenian merchants and sailors, opened towards the water land between the Danube Delta and the Black Sea.