By Mircea Ionescu-Quintus
This selection of Poems—offered as a dual-language English–Romanian edition—together with a severe Exposé via the translators, a Preface by means of the writer, a Chronicle and Biography, conveys to the reader a truly own story of a human tragedy of unspeakable horrors the writer persevered along tens of millions of different political prisoners at pressured hard work camps, so-called "Gulags" on the Danube-Black Sea Canal (the "Canal") in the course of Romania's Communist regime after WWII. This booklet is a Zeitzeugnis—a witness of the time—an account not just of a reprehensible earlier time yet a really pertinent happen for wish for more youthful generations all over the international.
This publication relies on Moara Dracilor through Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, released in Romanian in 1999 via Editura Ion Creanga S.A., Romania. the hot name is a dual-language (English-Romanian) variation, with a brand new Foreword, a brand new Preface by way of the writer, a brand new in regards to the Translators, seven extra Poems, 3 new Illustrations, and a brand new writer Biography.
It is a must-read for college kids and an individual attracted to politics, political background, Eastern-European heritage, Communist regimes, Romania, Romanian background, Romanian politics, background of Political Oppression, Testimonial Literature, Poetry, Eastern-European poetry, Romanian poetry, and socio-political poetry.
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Mircea Ionescu-Quintus At Jilava I read on a wall, scrawled in blood: “locked here for eight years,” and saw you, brave and silent, humble scribe unknown. Below, on the same wall, engraved: “five years and six months I stayed,” and as I stared at gates and walls there were but years, and months, and lives. I read on a wall, scrawled in blood, I was locked up, I was locked up . . Oh God, how I want to know what tally, one day, will I scrawl? 15 16 The Devil’s Grinder Oamenii Zadarnic îndrăznesc plopii spre înalturi, zadarnic piscurile până la poalele norilor; zadarnic vulturii, amestecându-se cu aştrii şi căzând împreună; pentru că nu sus în ceruri, ci aici pe pământ sunt oamenii.
Broaştele şi greierii s-au prins la taifas, pe marginea lacului foşneşte stuful, din freamătul zilei nimic n-a mai rămas, doar pasărea neagră-şi croncăne năduful. De dincolo, de la ,,Rex‘‘, vin adieri de jaz, ca note spânzurate pe portativ de sârmă, ca iarăşi amintirea a unui vechi necaz, ca prima-nfiorare a dragostei din urmă. Trasoare şi stele se joacă în noapte, tihnirea se-aşează iar rece otreapă, rămân încă treze poveştile-n şoapte şi stânci adormite cu botul în apă. 1 Lac in sud-estul României.
Not even One single star In this night of mine When, With fingers of ice I write you, I write you. 11 12 The Devil’s Grinder Sărman Icar Visai să zbori spre soare, iară, mai liber, fără de habar; şi meşterind pe-aripi de ceară, ai adormit, sărman Icar . . Mircea Ionescu-Quintus Poor Icarus You were dreaming of flying towards the sun, again, free, freer, without a care, and mastering your waxen wings, you drifted off, poor Icarus . . 13 14 The Devil’s Grinder La Jilava Citeam pe-un zid, cu sânge scris: ,,opt ani am stat aici închis‘‘ şi te vedeam, brav şi tăcut, smerite scrib necunoscut.