The censor's notebook A novel

Liliana Corobca

Book - 2022

"A fascinating narrative of life in communist Romania, and a thought-provoking meditation on the nature of literature and censorship. The Censor's Notebook opens with an exchange of letters between "Liliana Corobca" and Emilia Codrescu, long the female chief of the Secret Documents Office in Romania's feared State Directorate of Media and Printing-the government branch responsible for Censorship. Codrescu had been responsible for the burning and shredding of the censors&...#039; notebooks, viewed as State secrets but prior to fleeing the country in 1974 she had stolen one such notebook. Now, forty years later, she makes the notebook available to Liliana for the newly instituted Museum of Communism. The work of a censor-a job about which it is forbidden to talk-is revealed in this notebook, which discloses not only the structures of the institution of censorship but also the life behind the scenes for one of those deciding the fate of books, with their distress, outrage, humor and guilt. It's just five months in the life of censor Filofteia Moldovean, but they are so tightly packed with events that they give a sense of this mysterious institution as a world unto itself"--

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Historical fiction
New York : Seven Stories Press [2022]
Physical Description
1 volume ; 21 cm
Main Author
Liliana Corobca (author)
Other Authors
Monica Cure (translator)