Romanian Detention Memoirs of the Communist Period (3026 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Ruxandra Cesereanu (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj)
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The vast majority of Romanian detention memoirs about the local, ‘home-grown’ Gulags (and sometimes on the Soviet one as well), can be described as anatomies of power during totalitarianism. A few are written in a reporting style, whereas most rank as confessions – revealing recordings of past suffering. Some of their authors call for the reader’s understanding toward the ‘clumsy wording’, anticipating potential issues that may be raised with respect to the texts’ literary value, and claiming that their writing is not literature, but has, instead, a testimonial value. If the western reader has long been acquainted with this type of literature, the Romanian reader in particular, and the Eastern European one in general, had t…

Citation: Cesereanu, Ruxandra. "Romanian Detention Memoirs of the Communist Period". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 January 2016 [, accessed 20 January 2022.]

19442 Romanian Detention Memoirs of the Communist Period 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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