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Revista 22 - Romania | 25/01/2008

Norman Manea on his forgetful countrymen

Romanian-Jewish writer Norman Manea, who today lives in the USA, talks with Rocica Palade about how the past is handled: "It had already been difficult for us to accept responsibility for the partisan period and communism. In 1944, Romania had a negligible number of about 1,000 communists. And by 1989, with four million members, its Communist Party was the largest in Eastern Europe. ... Two days after the death of the 'people's favourite son,' [dictator] Nikolae Ceausescu, the delighted public re-awoke as innocent and anti-communist. Whoever had written odes, danced and sung the obedient masquerade, appreciated the few handouts from the parvenus of power. Whoever had gotten along with the political hierarchy and entities of the repressive regime, conveniently forgot it all. Only a few were determined to examine their own guilt and entanglement."

Revista 22 - Romania | 18/01/2008

Theatre's fear of film

Little new is happening in theatre nowadays, believes Romanian director Andrei Serban, who has directed productions on numerous stages in Western Europe and the USA. If we look at what is going on in the world of film, for instance the rebirth of Romanian film by a young generation which is expressing some strong and rather discomforting ideas, then in comparison, theatre is in a phase of stagnation. It has not yet found its place at the beginning of the century. We theatre-makers are afraid, semi-desperate, as it were, that film could overtake us. We try to copy film, to employ means of film in the theatre... But the attempt at modernisation by incorporating elements of multimedia technology weakens the art of theatre."

Revista 22 - Romania | 10/08/2007

Stéphane Courtois on the truly false revolution

In an interview with Rodica Palade, French historian Stéphane Courtois, publisher of the "Black Book of Communism," analyses the different forms of communism and its decline in Europe. "I know that many won't like me describing the Romanian revolution of 1989 as a false revolution. The truth is that there never was an authentic national uprising. But the revolution was false because the uprising was engineered by the communists, and this robbed it of its authenticity. At the time there was a group in Romania with close ties to the KGB, which had cleverly managed to wriggle its way into power. Ion Iliescu [president of Romania following Ceauescu's fall] was also a member of that group... This group was responsible for the events back then, however its objective was to bring about the downfall of Ceausescu only, not the entire system."

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