#readingtheworld #24 🇷🇴ROMANIA🇷🇴
“You will face yourself again in a moment of terror and will learn
once again that old lesson you keep forgetting: that you can escape from anywhere, but you cannot flee your own self.”
When I compare Western Europe to Eastern Europe, it feel like I look
at two distince worlds that occupy the same continent. Take a look at
Romania for example. It is among the big shot of Eastern Europe and
Bucharest, the capital city, have been called Little Paris (any French
out there?) but not a lot of people seem to know much about it. But I
dont think Romanian mind that. After all, their country is the home of Dracula so probably they are waiting to suck some blood (and probably money) out of the tourist!
For Two Thousand Years is a novel dedicated to human alienation.
Narrated by an unnammed Jewish, the novel is a psychological survey of a person living in a world that outcasted and ostracized them. As the narrator struggle to prove his love to Romania and adhere to his
Jewishness, the novel also pose the question of whether it is
possible to love a country that actively denity one humanity. Written before the rise of Nazism, For Two Thousand Years is a hauting yet prophetic narrative for the past, present and future.
With Romania, I explore human alienation. Do you ever feel left out or not fitting in? How did you cope with that? How can one combats hatred and prejudice?
Figure 2: Bucharest, nickname Micul Paris (The Little Paris)
Figure 3: Bran Castle, inspiration for home of Dracula
Figure 4: Bridge of Lies, Sibiu.
Figure 5: Bigar Cascade Falls.
Figure 6: Romanian women in tradiotional clothing.
Fun fact: Timisoara became the first city of Europe to have electric
street lighting in 1889!