Love in Times of Communism

Love in Times of Communism

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For most of the people, it is just another book about Communism. Twenty-five years after the Revolution, we want this chapter closed. But we forget that by forgetting the past we will only repeat our parents’ mistakes. And we will forget to speak up. Say what we want and when we want. And we end up complying. Today, we are free at the cost of the lives of at least 11,000 women who said no. Eleven thousand women who chose death as a way to be free. And who cannot be avenged. Here’s a book which gathers the stories of six women and two men who had the courage to talk with me about the male and female human condition in Communism. About how they were born, how they lived, how they fell in love, how they loved, made love, suffered, lost or won. About how and how much they could love, about how free they were in their acts and attitudes, about how much they knew and how much they could find out. About have and have not. About taboos and frustrations. About dreams and obsessions. Years ago I heard a story about my grandfather, Florea Costache. My grandfather wrote and spoke up. He wrote and spoke up for freedom, for a goal, a goal he and the woman he loved had, that of having a creed, a purpose, a God. A history professor, he wrote the world as he saw it. As it is and as it should be. Because he wrote, because he spoke up, he paid with four years of his life, and also the life of the woman he loved. In the middle of the night, he is taken away among gunshots and his wife can only cry from behind “Let me at least give you the watch!” What is going to happen to this woman, to her family, to her women friends who are going through the same calvary or to the ones who, on the contrary, go on living without any worries, together with the ones who love them? How do they live their lives, what compromises do they make, how do they manage to keep their love alive within that repressive system? What makes them happy, what gives them hope, what makes them keep on going? How do they express their love, what does a touch mean? A flower, a movie, a kiss… What does this mean for them, for the men who stand by them? What makes them love their women, search for them, stand by them? What do they lack or miss, what makes them suffer, what makes them betray? The aim of this book is to answer these questions through the conversations of the eight characters. The stories presented in the book represent just a very small part of the many hours of interviews made for this project, too long to be included in this book. Far from being an exhaustive project, it is only meant to raise the interest of the young for this kind of stories and why not, urge them to continue this project by contributing with other stories which cannot stay buried. My grandfather, the dissident set free after years of suffering, is now old and tired. But he is happy that in ‘89 somebody said stop to the horrors. Without being religious, he came to have a niece even less religious, but Catholic as consequence of the promise he once made to the Monsignor. Born at the threshold between two regimes, this niece now speaks up. She writes. She listens. She rises in revolt. And she is more

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  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 29.21mm
  • Createspace Independent Pub
  • English
  • 1508601224
  • 9781508601227