Un cântec de lebădă. Vlăstare boiereşti în Primul Război Mondial [A Swan Song. The Descendants of the Romanian Boyars during World War I]

lebada-mareCorint Publishing House, Bucharest, 2016

A type of education regarded nowadays as obsolete determined those who received it to believe that their duties came before their rights. Therefore, the most important right was to fulfill ones duty towards the family, the society, the nation, the others. This belief was strong among those young and wealthy Romanian boyars who went abroad during their studies, in order to help later their people and country. With this type of education, in which patriotism was not at all something you should be ashamed of, the boyars went to fight in the three wars Romania had to endure during the “glorious” 20th century. This type of education also helped them endure with dignity the ordeals of the communist political prisons.

Members of the Romanian social elite, men and women, present themselves before our eyes and souls, sharing with us their testimonies about their lives during World War I. These testimonies were gathered by the author with lots of dedication and effort, thanks to his project, The Memory of the Romanian Elites. Diaries, memoirs, letters and photos, but also interviews with several descendants of the Romanian elite, who passed away, are the starting material for this moving book.

Ştefan S. Gorovei,
fragment from the preface

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Photos from book launch, “Gaudeamus” Book Fair, Bucharest, November 18th, 2016 (with Dinu Zamfirescu, Sandra Ecobescu, Adrian Ursu, Marius Constantinescu):

The book launch, “Gaudeamus” Book Fair, November 18th, 2016 (recording by Mihai Nomoloşanu):

Photo from the book launch, the Atheneum from Iaşi, December 9th, 2016:

Interview about the book, Radio France International (with Nicolas Don)