Forest of the Hanged (novel)

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Forest of the Hanged
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The closing lines of the novel, in Rebreanu's own handwriting, with signature
AuthorLiviu Rebreanu
Original titlePădurea spânzuraților
CountryRomania
LanguageRomanian
SubjectWorld War I
GenreWar novel
Historical fiction
Psychological fiction
PublisherCartea Românească
Publication date
1922
Published in English
1930
Pages328

Forest of the Hanged (Romanian: Pădurea spânzuraților) is a novel by Romanian writer Liviu Rebreanu. Published in 1922, it is partly inspired by the experience of his brother Emil Rebreanu, an officer in the Austro-Hungarian Army hanged for espionage and desertion in 1917, during World War I.[1]

The novel was made into a film in 1965.[2] The film was directed by Liviu Ciulei, who won the award for Best Director at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival.[3] Composer Carmen Petra Basacopol created in 1988–1990 an opera titled Apostol Bologa, op. 58, which was inspired by this novel.[4]

Plot[edit]

The protagonist is Lieutenant Apostol Bologa, who was born and raised in Parva - then Párva, Beszterce-Naszód County, Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary. Although he was enrolled in the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Budapest, and he had not been conscripted into the army since he was a widow's son, Bologa volunteers into the Austro-Hungarian Army at the start of World War I. He does that both from a youthful ambition to prove his bravery in front of his fiancée, Marta Domșa, who was enchanted by the military uniforms of the Hungarian officers, as well as from the social views he had acquired in Hungarian schools. After attending artillery school, he is sent to the front. He fights valiantly in Italy and Galicia; wounded twice in the next two years, he is promoted to the rank of lieutenant and decorated three times. Bologa contributes (by his vote in court) at the sentencing to death of a Czech officer, second lieutenant Svoboda, who had deserted the Austro-Hungarian army.

The novel follows his soul metamorphosis, under the influence of the Czech captain Otto Klapka, who seeds in his heart the hatred against the Austrian empire and the love for the Romanian nation. Sent on the Romanian front, in the Eastern Carpathians, the thought of desertion becomes an obsession for him. Being forced again to take part in a military tribunal, to judge a Romanian peasant for espionage, Apostol Bologa starts in the night towards the Romanian lines, to get to his blood brothers. He is caught and hanged, in much the same way as the Czech that he had helped condemn. At the gallows, his confessor recites, "Receive, o Lord, the soul of Thy servant Apostol".

Editions and translations[edit]

  • Romanian: Pădurea spânzuraților. București: Cartea Românească. 1922
  • Czech: Les oběšených. Praha: Šolc a Šimáček. 1928. Translation: Marie Kojecko-Korickova
  • English: Forest of the hanged. London: Allen et Co., New York: Duffield & Co. 1930. Translation: Alice V. Wise. OCLC 771706016, OCLC 645787166
  • Italian: La foresta degli impiccati. Perugia, Venezia: La Nuova Italia [it]. 1930. Translation: Enzo Loretti OCLC 799604562
  • Polish: Las wisielców. Kraków: Wydawnictwa Literacko-Naukowego. 1931. OCLC 890373818
  • French: La forêt des pendus. Paris: Éditions Perrin. 1932. Translation: B. Madeleine, Léon Thévenin, André Bellesort
  • German: Der Wald der Gehenkten. Cernăuți: Der Tag, 1932. Translation: Ernst Carabăț
  • Dutch: Het wout gehangen. Rotterdam. 1932. Translation: Jules Verbegke
  • Polish: Las wisielco. Kraków. 1934. Translation: Stanislav Lukasik
  • Hungarian: Akasztottak erdeje. 1938. Translation: Imre Somogyi
  • Turkish: Asılmışlar Ormanı. Istanbul: İnsel Kitabevi. 1942. Translation: Ziya Yamaç; Umut Toprakları, Ayrıntı Yayınevi, 2019. Translation: Gülen Aktaş.
  • Spanish: El bosque de los ahorcados. Madrid: Stylos. 1944. Translation: Maria Teresa Quiroga Plá, Luis Landinez
  • Swedish: De hängdas skog. Stockholm: Bonnier. 1944. Translation: Ingeborg Essen
  • Portuguese: A floresta dos enforcados. Lisbon: Gleba, 1945. Translation: Celestino Gomes, Victor Buescu OCLC 651408182
  • Finnish: Hirtettyjen metsä. Helsinki: Suomen kirja, 1946. Translation: Lauri Ikonen OCLC 58138066
  • Russian: Les poveshennykh. București: Editura de literatură în limbă străine, 1958. Translation: Olga Crușevan
  • Russian: Les poveshennykh. Kishinev: Kartia Moldoveniaske, 1960. Vasili Sugoniai OCLC 9141363
  • Greek: Το δάσος των κρεμασμένων. Athens: Kedros. 1961. Translation: Kosmas Politis, Maria Dimitriadis-Papaioanu
  • Bulgarian: Гората на обесените. Sofia: Narodna Kultura. 1962. Translation: Gergana Stratieva OCLC 40182205
  • Slovak: Les obesencov. Bratislava: Slov. vydav. krásnej lit. 1965. Translation: Peter Doval
  • Arabic: Gábat al-mauta‎. Cairo. 1967. Translation: Fauzi Sáhín
  • Slovene: Gozd obešencev. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga [sl], 1976. Translation: Katja Špur
  • Ukrainian: Ліс висільників Kiev: Dnipro, 1990; Translation: Ivan Kushniruk
  • Japanese: Sokei no mori. Tokyo: Kobunsha. 1997. Translation: Haruya Sumiya [ro] ISBN 4770409176 OCLC 674779185

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (in Romanian) Bianca Sara, "Cum și-a transformat Liviu Rebreanu execuția fratelui său de pe front într-un roman tradus în opt limbi", Adevărul, 1 November 2013; Retrieved 15 December 2013
  2. ^ "Padurea spânzuraților (1965)". IMDb. Retrieved 21 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Forest of the Hanged". www.festival-cannes.com.
  4. ^ Apostu, Andra (2019), "De vorbă cu Carmen Petra Basacopol" (PDF), Revista Muzica (in Romanian), no. 2, retrieved 21 February 2021

References[edit]

  • Cezar Apreotesei, "Date noi despre prototipul lui Apostol Bologa", Orizont, vol. XV, nr. 7, July 1964.
  • Gheorghe Bogdan-Duică, "Discuții literare. "Pădurea spânzuraților" de Liviu Rebreanu”, Societatea de mâine, revistă săptămânală pentru probleme sociale și economice, Cluj, vol. I, nr. 4, 4 May 1924, p. 92.
  • Octav Botez, "Liviu Rebreanu: "Pădurea spânzuraților"", Viața Românească, Iași, vol. XV, nr. 7, July 1923.
  • Maria-Nicoleta Ciocian, "Pădurea Spânzuraților or the Multifaceted Dimension of Love", Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica, vol. I, nr. 1, 2009, pp. 164-169.
  • Șerban Cioculescu, "În marginea operei d-lui Liviu Rebreanu", Revista Fundațiilor Regale, vol. III, nr. 2, February 1936, pp. 412-423.
  • Pompiliu Constantinescu, "Liviu Rebreanu: Ion, Pădurea spânzuraților, Ciuleandra", Opere și autori, Editura Ancora, București, 1928, pp. 112-120.
  • Gyula Dávid, "Apostol Bologa útja és útvesztői", Korunk, vol. XXVII, nr. 11, November 1968, pp. 1616-1620.
  • Dana Dumitru, "Lumea văzută astfel", România Literară, vol. IV, nr. 37, 3 September 1971.