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‘Evanescent Love’ is the latest English language literary attempt by Ion Manta, a Romanian-American author. The story evokes the illicit love between a couple of middle-aged immigrants, and its unraveling during a back-and-forth journey across The United States. At another level, the story tries to be also a comment on some seemingly paradoxical intersections of the American societal, cultural, philosophic, and urban landscape in the 1990s, as these transpire diametrically opposed through the interplay of the main characters —Didonna and Dorel-- both naturalized Americans, and members of the Romanian community settled around Washington DC. The affair comes alive as a direct confession of the main male character, thus the author takes pains for staying impartial by limiting his role simply to that of the story’s recorder, stage setter and puppet master ruling over only the moves, frames and sequencing of episodes, but intent on withholding his personal opinions as much as possible, in a most relativistic, post modern-fashion.

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