The Devil's Grinder: Poems of Hope and Despair From the Forced Labor Camps of Post-WWII Communist Romania

By Mircea Ionescu-Quintus

This choice 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 continued along tens of hundreds of thousands of alternative political prisoners at compelled 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 publication is a Zeitzeugnis—a witness of the time—an account not just of a reprehensible earlier time yet a truly pertinent occur for desire for more youthful generations all around the international.

This publication relies on Moara Dracilor through Mircea Ionescu-Quintus, released in Romanian in 1999 through Editura Ion Creanga S.A., Romania. the recent identify is a dual-language (English-Romanian) variation, with a brand new Foreword, a brand new Preface via 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 someone drawn to politics, political heritage, Eastern-European historical past, Communist regimes, Romania, Romanian heritage, Romanian politics, heritage of Political Oppression, Testimonial Literature, Poetry, Eastern-European poetry, Romanian poetry, and socio-political poetry.

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However the writer’s religion in God and his religion in humankind are maybe such a lot completely united within the aptly titled “Liberation. ” during this decisive poem, the speaker Ionescu-Quintus is discharged from legal yet nearly not able to take a unmarried step till he has the opportunity to include one other person: xxxii The Devil’s Grinder Să-i strig, cât mă mai ține glasul, că-s om şi ecu, că-s liber iar şi să îl rog să-mi poarte pasul să îngenunchi los angeles un altar. Acolo, singur de mă lasă, voi cuteza să mă închin şi-apoi să mă îndrept spre casă, c-ai mei de-acuma ştiu că vin. — Paula și Cyrus Console-Şoican Kansas urban, 2012 Mircea Ionescu-Quintus xxxiii To shout to him on the most sensible of my lungs that I too am a guy, am loose back, and to invite him that he consultant my strategy to an altar whereat i would pray. There, by myself if he might provide me depart i'd dare to bow my head after which bend my steps homeward simply because through now they're looking forward to me. — Paula and Cyrus Console-Şoican Kansas urban, 2012 This web page has been deliberately left clean. Preface Cuvânt înainte xxxvi The Devil’s Grinder Cuvânt înainte Nu a fost în intenția mea și nici nu mi-am dorit cumva să dau publicitații mărturiile adunate în această carte și—cu atat mai puțin să-mi fie traduse într-o altă limbă. Ele consemnau și aminteau cumplitele fapte și împrejurări de asuprire și de lipsire de libertate a popoarelor din răsăritul Europei, ca și a celui român, de către un regim politic tiranic și profund inuman, adus și instalat prin forța Armatei Roșii ”eliberatoare”! Vreme îndelungată am socotit că nu voi fi în stare să supraviețuiesc în condițiile infernale din lagărele Canalului Dunăre-Marea Neagră și de aceea am început să notez în memorie și pe frânturi de hârtie găsite prin gunoaie întâmplările ce trebuiau să fie cunoscute de către soția și fiul meu, ca și de toți cei de-afară. Dumnezeu, credința și tinerețea m-au ajutat să rezist ani grei de suferință și să mă întorc acasă cu însemnările mele, hotărăt să le feresc un timp de ochii lumii. Mircea Ionescu-Quintus xxxvii Preface It by no means was once my purpose or wish to make public the confessions accrued during this publication, nor did I envision them translated into one other language. They have been meant to checklist and to witness the grotesque acts of repression and totalitarian rule that japanese ecu peoples, Romanians incorporated, continued underneath the oppressive and profoundly inhuman political regime forcibly put in by means of the “liberating” purple military. for a very long time i assumed i might be not able to outlive the hellish stipulations within the exertions camps on the Danube–Black Sea Canal, and as a result i started to list, by way of reminiscence and on scraps of paper present in the trash, the proof that had to be made recognized to my spouse and son, and to all these at the open air. God, religion and early life helped me persevere in the course of lengthy years of ache and go back domestic with my notes, which i made a decision to maintain for a time from the eyes of the realm. xxxviii The Devil’s Grinder După ani și ani, revenind los angeles viața obișnuită o dată cu înlăturarea orânduirii comunist-ceaușiste, întâlnindu-mă cu unii dintre ”tovarășii” de pătimire, aceștia m-au rugat stăruitor, cunoscându-mi însemările, să le public cinstind astfel memoria celor pieriți între sârme, rugăminți pe care le-am înțeles și nu le puteam refuza, cum nici și pe cele ale prietenilor Sara și Arnold Hermann, atât de impresionați de cuprinsul cărții mele.

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