Monthly Archives: September 2015

Reading the Files of the Securitate: Constantin Noica’s Case

I am reading Gabriel Andreescu’s Scholars, Dissidents, and Documents: The Manipulation of the Securitate Archive (Carturari, opozanti si documente: Manipularea Arhivei Securitatii), and I am bewildered and completely confused. What interests me is the chapter on Constantin Noica, a Romanian … Continue reading

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Praise and the evil eye

  After two hours in a shuttle from Chisinau to Bucharest, we took a break at a gas station. Just in front of my seat, a woman was holding her 6 months old baby in her arms. We came out … Continue reading

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The Restoration of Memory as Public Sacrament

In the early 90s, just a few years after the fall of communism in Romania, a westerner visiting Bucharest told me something that shocked me at that moment: “Why do all people look as if they were hit with a … Continue reading

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The Legend of Manole and Ana: Building a Church in One’s Bones

In the legend of Manole and Ana, everything that the builders did during the day collapsed over night. The ruler of the land had asked Manole and his team to build the most beautiful church on earth, but he could … Continue reading

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