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Flying Against the Arrow: An Intellectual in Ceausescu's Romania (Central European Library of Ideas) [Hardcover]

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Translated from the best selling Romanian edition, Flying against the Arrow, this quasi-autobiographical book describes the life of a talented young man living under extreme political conditions, paying particular attention to the unbearable 80s. The book vividly portrays the difficulties encountered by a young intellectual trying to shape himself under the oppressive Ceauescu regime and provides a stark depiction of a mans intellectual suffocation under hard-line socialist rule. The books overall significance is therefore far more wide-ranging than just Romania or the 1980s.

"I do not know how others kept their integrity under communism, but I was saved through my friends. Since as far back as I can tell, I have been surrounded by the kind of people whom I might, if somewhat pompously, call friends of ideas. This way, my intellectual life before 1989 had nothing whatever to do with the school, the faculty, or the public space, but was carried on entirely within my circle of friends." From the Introduction by the author

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Studio: Central European University Press
Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.48" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Central European University Press
ISBN  9639116572  
ISBN13  9789639116573  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Patapievici is a leading intellectual in contemporary Romania. He received his MA in Psychics and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. He is a writer, essayist and a researcher in the field of the history of science.

Horia-Roman Patapievici was born in 1957.

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very good  Aug 31, 2005
I've just finished this book. I was surprised to find in it much more from what I expected.
Patapievici: a star without a sky  Jul 3, 2003
Mr. Patapievici is a hotly contested figure in Romania. Not the most representative or even known dissenter during the 80s, his fame is the product of an emergent market of power and prestige in Romanian culture. Supported and promoted by elitist groups, the social ethos he promotes is an elitist one, too. His more recent ideas harken back to a form of 19th century conservatism that might seem quaint if it weren't extravagant to the point of bigotry. ...
There is no drawback in shining with intelligent emotions !  Jul 2, 2000
Romanian bestseller, translated now into English by Ms. Mirela Ad?sc?li?ei. This is a book about the making of a strong character. If it was possible at all, it's because mind matters. Whoever thinks about this unique story of a human being as a manifesto for elitism either has not lived there, in those times, or doesn't know about writing at all. For the spiritual " side " of intelligence should always be reason enough for surviving physically, wherever and whenever doing so comes at a premium price. We all paid such prices one way or another, at some point in our own " flights ". We knew, for instance, even at that point in time, that Horia would be the last one to " turn off the light " back home. He never did. I think we all owe him some respect for that. Indeed, the following published works of Horia-Roman Patapievici spread much more light than we thought possible in those times, ?n b?taia s?ge?ii...

I happen to be the one to whom the book was dedicated. And confess I am more than honored. For me, the arrow's path will always subtend a direction for that fire that noone can ever extinguish.
paradox  Feb 7, 2000
A beautiful book, written by a person with a deep sensitivity toward structures of life and feeling. In the book's narrative, the process of intellectual formation during communism steams out from a non-political, non-dissident, non-resistance positionality to the regime. The style and content is literary; only retrospectively can we consider such a book "political": it is basically a diary, a beautiful, lyrical one, although the philosophical references are somehow doubtful. Where there other subliminal political spaces of intellectual formation in communist Romania, spaces located at the periphery of the hegemonic discourses, such as pop and rock music, arts, mathematics, sports, and even alternative literature and poetry of the Mircea Cartarescu and Mircea Dinescu type? Finally, how can one reconcile this author's ideas with his other publishing, where, although dedicated to an anti-communist ethos, he basically supports the abolition of equal and universal suffrage and adheres to a "white supremacist" type of discourse, mocking the integrative, multicultural stance of North-American universities, as "American communism," "Nazism" and "Leninism" together, praising the culture of the "white man, ethnic Romanian, Christian-Orthodox, and heterosexual?" The publication of H.-R. Patapievici's diary in English is both a start (finally enabling regional voices to be heard in the mainstream North-American discourses) and an ambivalently bold act from the part of the Central European University, in the context of this author's aforementioned political proclivities.
Insightful  Feb 2, 2000
Patapievici is one of the most interesting intellectuals in Eastern Europe. His sharp criticism of Romania's nationalistic illusions has greatly contributed to the country's democratic progress. This book is not his best, but certainly an exciting one.

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