A book about Ceausescu, noisily missed

At the launch of Constantin Boștină’s book, much more people gathered than at the appearance of a history book. The explanation is simple. Constantin Boștină was the leader of students in Romania during the period when UASCR reached a peak of its political existence, being populated at the top with activists of indisputable professional and moral values.

There are many who are smart and uncompromising with their anti-communist judgments. But UASCR in the time of Ion Traian Ștefănescu and, later, on the mandates of Constantin Boștină, despite the ideology, gathered people of a value that democratic Romania has not managed to repeat. I’m sorry, but I’m ready to support and testify (if anyone is interested!) That a student secretary from Boştină’s time could respect and turn two Cîțu, Cioloș, Dăncilă or Orban governments upside down. In their time, students, at least, were not promoted without minds and without performance. I mean worthless.

Such a judgment led me to launch the book, especially since I am one of those who owe something to the former president of UASCR. Unfortunately, at first glance at the book on a table, I froze. It was not the memoirs of Constantin Boștină, but a volume that had Nicolae Ceaușescu on the cover with his fist raised and clenched, and on one side his former personal secretary (former student leader) with a sly, distrustful look. Inappropriate and unfortunate layout, even full of pride on the cover of a book published by Evenimentul Zilei şi Capital.

The book is entitled a journalistic metaphor “In the eye of the cyclone”, and as a hook for the stall of book sellers Constantin Boștină’s sentence “I was Nicolae Ceaușescu’s personal secretary”. The book is in fact a marketing of a discussion between Sorin Roșca Stănescu and Constantin Boștină, a discussion that took place after three decades and with notes signed by a beginner in history, Alice Barbu. Alex Mihai Stoenescu’s preface and Ion Cristoiu’s substantial afterword are meant to give weight to the volume, but they fail to save it from amateur writing, from the lack of content, from the journalistic intrusions of one of the most bombastic fake authors. -news.

In fact, we are in front of an extremely superficial journalistic product, in the style of the books written in the penitentiary by Sorin Roșca Stănescu in order to free himself faster. The journalist who made a career with the revelations and business from Ziua, self-titled by investigations, is the author of the famous scandal series about the Iliescu-Botnariciuk espionage. He is also the author of the ghostly revelation with Traian Băsescu’s money transferred to the Seychelles. A collection of bombs and revelations by Roșca Stănescu becomes a real volume of involuntary humor.

Browsing through the book published by Evenimentul Zilei şi Capital publishing house as a press release and as a very successful business, we cannot fail to signal the total lack of content, rigor and systematization. For example, in addition to signing on the cover, Alice Barbu and SR Stănescu also sign 22 explanatory notes. In certain situations, a subchapter begins with the note of the two, signed “Alice Barbu, Sorin Roșca Stănescu”, a philological statement that is really childish, followed by considerations drawn by the hair.

What’s interesting about this book? I mean new! Nothing. Only the confession of Constantin Boştina from the time he was in Suceava when, in 1989, he was sent by Nicolae Ceaușescu to Egon Krenz, whom Boştină had known since the time of the student organization, to find out what Gorbachev and the Soviet Union had planned . Egon Krenz tells Boştină that, after he found out from Moscow, Nicolae Ceaușecu will not come to power in Christmas. Unfortunately, this confession does not benefit from any evidence. Until a confirmation of it in the German secret archives, it also remains under the sign of ambiguity.

Otherwise, the book contains many useless things about Nicolae Ceaușescu taken from other books, as well as the economic considerations of Constantin Boștină, without any connection with the cover of the book.

It is not my job to wonder why Constantin Boștină did not limit himself to a detailed description of the period and of his activity as Nicolae Ceaușescu’s personal secretary. Forgot? Did it seem insignificant or too little?
As for the authors, they missed the topic and inflated the interlocutor. Placing a rich biographical file in the opening of the book, they only warned the reader about their amateurism in the matter.

Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.

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