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 through the writer, a Chronicle and Biography, conveys to the reader a truly own story of a human tragedy of unspeakable horrors the writer continued along tens of millions of alternative political prisoners at pressured exertions 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 previous time yet a really pertinent show up for wish for more youthful generations all around the global.
This e-book is predicated on Moara Dracilor by way of Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, released in Romanian in 1999 by means of Editura Ion Creanga S.A., Romania. the hot identify 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 students and somebody attracted to politics, political background, Eastern-European historical past, Communist regimes, Romania, Romanian historical past, Romanian politics, background of Political Oppression, Testimonial Literature, Poetry, Eastern-European poetry, Romanian poetry, and socio-political poetry.
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1 Lac in sud-estul României. Mircea Ionescu-Quintus Siutghiol1 within the nice bucket the waves are nonetheless; silent, the excavators dig not more; the jaundiced moon has fallen ailing reflecting on her face in water. The frogs and crickets have began to chatter, at lake facet the rushes rustle; not anything endures from the day’s bustle however the black poultry cawing his damaged vespers From “Rex” over there glide jazzy lines like notes suspended on a twine stave, just like the renewed reminiscence of an outdated discomfort, just like the first thrill of a overdue love. Tracers and stars play within the evening vagabond leisure takes a cold seat the whispered tales lie unsleeping the stones, asleep with their snouts within the lake. 1 Lake in southeastern Romania. nine 10 The Devil’s Grinder Miez de noapte Ce plini de ceaţă Îmi sunt ochii, Ce pustiu e În jurul meu Şi cât de târziu Mi s-a făcut sufletul. Nici o stea, Nici măcar O singură stea În miezul nopţii mele, Atunci când, Cu degete de gheaţă Îţi scriu, Îţi scriu. Mircea Ionescu-Quintus nighttime How filled with mist Are my eyes, How abandoned My atmosphere and the way previous Has grown my soul. no longer even One unmarried celebrity during this evening of mine whilst, With palms of ice I write you, I write you. eleven 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 bad Icarus You have been dreaming of flying in the direction of the sunlight, back, unfastened, freer, and not using a care, and learning your waxen wings, you drifted off, bad Icarus . . . thirteen 14 The Devil’s Grinder los angeles Jilava Citeam pe-un zid, cu sânge scris: ,,opt ani am stat aici închis‘‘ şi te vedeam, brav şi tăcut, smerite scrib necunoscut. Pe-acelaşi zid, mai jos săpat: ,,cinci ani şi şase luni am stat‘‘ şi cât priveam porţi şi pereţi, erau doar ani, şi luni, şi vieţi. Citeam pe-un zid, cu sânge scris, am stat închis, am stat închis . . . O, Doamne, cât aş vrea să ştiu, european, într-o zi, cât am să scriu? Mircea Ionescu-Quintus At Jilava I learn on a wall, scrawled in blood: “locked right here for 8 years,” and observed you, courageous and silent, humble scribe unknown. lower than, at the similar wall, engraved: “five years and 6 months I stayed,” and as I stared at gates and partitions there have been yet years, and months, and lives. I learn on a wall, scrawled in blood, i used to be locked up, i used to be locked up . . . Oh God, how i need to grasp what tally, sooner or later, will I scrawl? 15 16 The Devil’s Grinder Oamenii Zadarnic îndrăznesc plopii spre înalturi, zadarnic piscurile până l. a. poalele norilor; zadarnic vulturii, amestecându-se cu aştrii şi căzând împreună; pentru că nu sus în ceruri, ci aici pe pământ sunt oamenii. Doamne, de ce pe unii oameni nu i-ai plămădit după chipul Tău? Mircea Ionescu-Quintus guy In useless they aspire those poplars, to the heights; in useless, those pinnacles towards the bottom of the clouds; in useless, those eagles mingling with the celebs and falling altogether; For now not on excessive yet right here in the world are males. Lord, why did you no longer mildew all males on your photograph? 17 18 The Devil’s Grinder Părintele Galeriu Dumnezeu M-a învrednicit Să pătimesc Şi să silnicesc alături De acest Om-Sfânt, Care a înfruntat Cu seninătate Batjocurile şi lovirile Ca un martir, Tămăduindu-ne rănile, Mângâindu-ne durerile Şi dându-ne mereu Speranţa Izbăvirii.