Revolution, books and authors at „Orizont”

Revolution, books and authors at „Orizont”

 

On December 12th 2014, at the „Orizont” Hall, “Memorialul Revoluţiei” launched its latest publications in the presence of the authors and the public concerned. We were very pleased, as we always do, that the launch has been welcomed by the Chairman of the Writers’ Union, Timişoara Branch, the literary critic and writer Mr. Cornel Ungureanu.

Together with the scientific and information journal, which has reached its 14th edition, “Memorialul Revoluţiei” managed to print 2 volumes of the Encyclopaedia of the Timişoara Revolution of 1989 which gathers 824 pages. The first volume titled The Chronology and the Victims of the Revolution is coordinated by Mr. Lucian Ionică, while the second volume, The Revolution Documents is signed by Mr. Romeo Bălan and Mr. Gino Rado.

The Encyclopaedia of the Timişoara Revolution of 1989 was a project started in 2012 and developed by the “Memorialul Revoluţiei” and the Faculty of Political Sciences, Philosophy and Communication Sciences of the West University of Timişoara. “The publishing staff gathers up the authors who dedicated a lot of time researching and documenting this theme and who published, through time, books and articles of priceless value. They are: Costel Balint, Romeo Bălan, Vasile Bogdan, Gino Rado, Titus Suciu, Lucian-Vasile Szabo and Dumitru Tomoni”, the writer and filmmaker Lucian Ionică, said, underlining the contribution of the Memorial team, „a competent team which passionately dedicated all its efforts to logistically guarantee the proper completion of this project. Alina Bânciu, Eugen Gheorghioiu, Loredana Tănasie and Cristina Tudor are the members of this wonderful team”.

The two volumes of the encyclopaedia involved…a huge amount of data and information, „inestimable documents collected by the “Memorialul Revoluţiei” during the 25 years since of our existence as an Association. And we are more than pleased that you, by what you write, fight so many currents and opinions and so many press manipulations regarding the Romanian Revolution that changed the destiny of Romania”, Mr. Traian Orban, Chairman of the “Memorialul Revoluţiei” Association argued. This idea is also supported by Mr. Gino Rado, vice-president of the institution and manager of the „Memorialul Revoluţiei 1989” Publishing House: „Obviously, I am very glad that we can publish and write, that we bring our humble contribution to somehow balance everything that is written about the Revolution, as we see that there are so many formal and informal accounts and writings mostly written by those who “fought” on the other side of the barricade. It’s been 25 years and there are still so many lies told and written about Revolution and it is our duty, the duty of all of us who have been living in Timişoara, to at least try to fight this by working as objectively as possible in our documentations and researches we conduct at the “Memorialul Revoluţiei” Association”.

Another publication launched at “Orizont” belongs to the writer and journalist Lucian-Vasile Szabo, who approaches a theme that has already been approached in 2013 in “The Timişoara 1989 Syndrome: Truth and Imaginary. Mass Media Communication Strategies in an Explosive Reality”. In the 200-page book, Lucian-Vasile Szabo restores, in “The Revolution of 1989 in the Hospitals of Timişoara”, the picture of the most important hospitals of the city that were involved in the operation of taking over and nursing the wounded, an operation which has been often accompanied, unfortunately, by their assiduous interrogation.

The book launch event ended with the 14th edition of our scientific and information journal where remarkable artists found a well-deserved place besides the series of our interesting articles and studies dedicated to the Revolution of 1989 and the communist regime. Among these artists we are proud to present Mrs. Herma Köpernik-Kennel, German writer and painter, who has absolutely fallen in love with pre- and post-December Romania and who approached communism and the Ceauşescu’s regime in a naive manner (from the point of view of her notable works, of course!) and Mrs. Suzana Fântânariu, a well-known illustrator in Timişoara, whose perspective on the Revolution is built from the… doorsteps, with all the significations that image could bring. The third name is the name of a man who comes from another branch of fine arts, the sculpture. It is Mr. Eugen Barzu, a resident of Timişoara, the author of the Heroes’ Column monument that has been created at the initiative of the “Memorialul Revoluţiei” Association.

 

Adina HORNEA ABRUDA

 

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