To giving you an idea about this author and his book, imagine that in order to be a best-seller in Romania, you need to sell around 300 books. Well, Adrian Telespan sold 10.000 copies of Cimitirul (“The Cemetery”) in just one year.
The taboo subjects, the highly controversial manner of writing, with lots of swearing (spoiler) was the recipe for an honest, funny and sarcastic story.
Gay relationships, explicit language and a book I couldn’t put down
Before summing up the narrative line, people should know that this book is full of explicit language, but also with honest strains of thoughts. And this is what I loved the best. Telespan goes straight to the point, talking about taboo subjects in the Romanian society without censoring himself.
From the very beginning of the book, the author says that he doesn’t care about the readers’ sensitivity and that his literary work isn’t for the academic or the prude ones.
So, the main character of the novel “The Cemetery” is Adrian Green, a Romanian guy that feels tired and he decides to emigrate in the United Kingdom. Here he will live with Oli, his ex and present lover.
Adrian is not the type of diligent worker. Actually, he doesn’t like working at all. Until he found the perfect job for his personality. This is how he hires at a cemetery, without any legal papers, as an administrator. His work is very light and the macabre stuff of working in a graveyard doesn’t bother him at all. His boss is more like a friend, the salary is ok and doesn’t have to do much.
Besides the hilarious stories from his work in a cemetery, Adrian passes through his experiences as a gay man. The reader founds lots of spicy details about the gay world and its people: their emotions, conflicts, advantages, disadvantages, and also the tensions that appear in this world. There are lots and tough.
All these experiences are told in a very humouristic, sarcastic manner and using a non-conventional language.
An atypical novel with lots of humor
I really, really liked this book. It was perfect as a holiday reading.
What really recommends “The Cemetery” is Telespan’s flair of building crazy stories and his extraordinary talent in building great dialogues. It is easy to see the author’s intelligence and talent in playing with the words.