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The Wooden Tongue Speaks- Romanians: Contradictions & Realities Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Subculture Books (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979919436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979919435
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,794,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on 16 Nov. 2008
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I very much enjoyed reading this book, the new style, the revelation of the life of Romanians in the post-communist or new democracy years; a very good insight of an ill society driven by ideas of getting rich today and forgetting about LOVE.
"everything being built, rebuilt, destroyed, built, rebuilt, destroyed" a wonderful rhetoric description of what happened in the Romanian's history.
Excellent reading.
Marcela & David
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By firemandan on 8 Feb. 2009
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The Wooden Tongue Speaks by Bogdan Tiganov is a stimulating combination of short story and poetic prose. With unique poetic style we are taken on journeys through these likeable yet estranged characters' lives during a fascinating period of Eastern European history, with insightful observation. The Wooden Tongue Speaks is a recommend read for anyone intrigued by the forgotten, then unseen and overlooked. An excellent and brave debut. I'm thoroughly looking forward to further instalments from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Norma W on 27 Nov. 2008
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This excellent new book, a mixture of short stories and poems, portrays Romania at a time of enormous political and cultural upheaval as seen through the eyes of ordinary men, women and children. The author has a great talent for bringing to life the characters and their surroundings. These are people who have cultivated an instinct for survival, and we share their hopes, dreams and all too often their failure. What will the future bring? I found this very interesting and enjoyable.
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The Wooden Tongue Speaks is a collection of short stories and poetry, concerning the lives of various characters in post-communist Romania. Mainly set in Brăila, these tales are fragments into the day to day reality of a nation attempting to shake off the yoke of the Ceauşescu reign, a regime that was characterized by an increasingly brutal and repressive apparatus and, by some accounts, the most rigidly Stalinist regime in the Soviet bloc. It was also marked by a pervasive cult of personality, nationalism and a deterioration in foreign relations with the Western powers as well as the Soviet Union, isolating it from both East and West. This lead, eventually, to Ceausescu's government being overthrown in the December 1989 revolution, after which he and his wife faced a hastily organised televised trial which ended with their execution.

So, what would make one feel nostalgic for those days? This is one of the questions raised in this book. In a nation that is haemorrhaging out it's youth, as they head for the bright lights and bling culture of the west. The old & infirm are left behind without the support of family, and only past memories for sustenance, and yet with this freedom also comes opportunity, with all the positive and negative connotations in its wake. As an exile from Romania, Bogdan Tiganov, uses his own experiences to create these fragments of individual life, allowing us a glimpse into the day to day reality of a nation & it's people.

In the introduction to this book the author states that:

"The lives of Romanians in post-communist Romania creates an endless pool of interesting characters and situations and I am determined to throw light on situations that are generally not covered by the media, without being overtly political.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant New Voice 17 Nov. 2008
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This volume of short stories and poems deserves its place in any library. Bogdan Tiganov distills emotion and offers frank descriptions to illuminate our vision. His composites of people, joys, scars, and of the ordinary are almost too lovely, too painful, and too eternal in their pure timelessness. With tranquil urgency Tiganov allows us to be with him in two places simultaneously as he captures images processed with blunt reality, composed of simple truths. We are shown glimpses into a heartless time that should not have been but was. These intriguing, profound, and significant portrayals are offered like a cool cup of water, they are not forced upon us. Be thirsty, swallow without gulping, and do not allow the sound of a car backfiring or a neighbor's barking dog to distract you.

Tiganov reminds us to remember what should not be forgotten in our own lives. His pen is specifically aimed at the hearts of readers who are still brave and still awake enough to feel. His vibrant hope contrasts the bleakness of life, his, mine, and yours. We all have stumbled in darkness. We all need a bridge across the senselessly raging river of lost freedom.

These pages weave remnants of the past into the fabric of today. The glitter of sun and stars of tomorrow are threaded in as well. This young talented, exiled Romanian writer is committed to exposing injustices, and he does so with stories and poems drenched in light. Do not pass the opportunity to own this book. It is more than a book. You will want to drink every word.
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