Censorship in Romania
Lidia Vianu, Bucharest University
"The long-silent voices of some of Romania's best-known
poets and novelists are heard for the first time."
- Andrei Codrescu, U.S. National Public Radio
"I have read nothing quite like it before. Few books
are so totally arresting."
- Zack Bowen, University of Miami
Through a series of interviews with prominent Romanian
literary figures and a select presentation of their
writings, Lidia Vianu asks how, under communism, did
Romanian writers cope with constant ideological shifts
and, in turn, respond to the censorship that so often
accompanied such changes? Now that Romania has emerged
from almost fifty years of Communist rule, what is the
current status of censorship?
These writers are important because, though working
under the terror of communism, they dared to put their
thoughts into writing, remaining true to their craft,
and, in some instances, even arranging for publication.
Vianu has chosen a series of subversive writings that
not only indicted communism but were also widely embraced
by the Romanian public. The author continues to argue
that after the fall of communism and the disappearance
of subversive literature, the Romanian public started
to devour works of translation. A somewhat different
form of censorship arose: state-sponsored censorship
was replaced by what Vianu terms a crisis of native
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