WEST PALM BEACH, FL - 06/03/2017 (PRESS RELEASE JET)
Authors Matei Cazacu, Ioana Cre?oiu and Ladislau G. Hajos pull back the curtain on the early days of Romania’s Democracy, a rich and intriguing part of the country’s past that seemed to be lost in the pages of history, until now.
When the name ‘Romania’ comes up in a conversation, it is usually referred to as the backdrop where Bram Stoker’s legendary creation ‘Dracula’ allegedly took place. That would only be testament to our parochial view of this otherwise culturally vibrant country with a gloomy and gothic past. But Romania is so much more than that. It is “A unique nation that invites and welcomes all cultures as if it were its own family members” as one of the authors of the book put it.
The book, ‘Story of Our Generation - From Monarchy to Democracy’ touches on all aspects of Romania’s dodgy past, from the gritty and rampant criminality of the ruling parties to the affects of communism, and a revolution as seen through the eyes of a generation of Romanians.
The authors have been diplomatically brutal with the way Romania’s generation “Children of the Republic” view the country’s history, which sadly, has not been as peaceful as its geography. When asked about the contexts of the book, one of the authors replied, “The book is a series of in-depth and personal accounts from a generation that grew up under four political regimes and survived, which makes for a riveting read.”
Ladislau G. Hajos continued, “The idea to bring together all of our stories came after Matei, Ioana and myself decided to write about this important time in history, at the 50th year of graduating from Spiru Haret High School in 1964. It was very interesting to revisit that part of Romania’s history, and the part we all played in it, and the way those experiences had shaped all of our lives. In short, the concept of the book is an examination of the interplay of social/political turbulence on a generation of students. This, I feel has been accomplished in the book.”
During the launch, Hajos said, “The impact of growing up in a country where there was constant change couched in secrecy, is isolation. With isolation, there is paralysis. Each of us thought that we were alone in the trauma that we experienced. As a result, there was little chance to change the system. We lived in fear. We lived in secrecy. We lived with chaos. We lived with the belief that we were unable to affect the revolution.”
The feeling of isolation and overwhelming hopelessness that comes along with a country torn to pieces has been described beautifully in ‘Story of Our Generation - From Monarchy to Democracies.’ The book is available now and is worth a read for history buffs, students of history and all those who are interested in learning more about the fascinating dynamics and complexities of Southeastern Europe in the 50s and 60s.
Ladislau G. Hajos: Born in 1946 in Bucharest, he has lived in Bucharest and the USA. He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is presently retired and living in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has written two autobiographies that have been published in the USA. He can be reached at email@example.com or by phone 856.305.3601.
Matei Cazacu: Born in 1946 in Sinaia, Romania. He holds a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Bucharest. He earned a PhD in the history and civilization of the Byzantine and post- Byzantine world from the University of Paris I – Panthéon. He has written a number of books and articles on history.
Ioana Cre?oiu (Casassovici: Born in 1946 in Bucharest and currently lives in Romania. She has studied architecture and was an active participant of the rebirth of the country after the political changes of 1989. She studied Political Science from the University of Bucharest and has taken part in various projects aimed at the civic and political participation of women in the EU.
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6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
BISAC: History / Europe / General,
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
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