Metacritic Journal


for Comparative Studies and Theory

postcommunism
ISSN 2457 – 8827
Éva Noémi  Lőrentz Éva Noémi Lőrentz

The Connection between the Child Narrator and the Magical Realism in György Dragomán’s Novel THE BONFIRE


The main issue of the novel The Bonfire (Original title: Máglya) by the Hungarian writer György Dragomán is the confrontation of the child narrator (a 13-year old girl) with the traumas of the twentieth century which marked her parents’ and grandparents’ life and are still influencing her life in the post-communist era. The first premise of the central argument is that the child’s special point of view determines the perception of history and forgiveness. The second premise is that this point of view can be...   ⇨ Read more
Mihai Stelian  Rusu Mihai Stelian Rusu

From “Under the Shadow of Death”: Choosing the Left as a Life Option


Drawing on scholarship on transnationalism, this paper resorts to concepts such as “trans-ethnic identity” and “multiple social identities” for making sense of two autobiographical writings authored by scholars who articulated a leftist counter-memory in telling their life stories spanning before, during, and after Romanian socialism. The study compares and contrasts the memoirs of Andrei Roth and Ion Ianoși, arguing that their retrospective writings document the articulation of a different strand of...   ⇨ Read more
Gabriela Glăvan Gabriela Glăvan

The Life and Times of Ceaușescu Jokes


Political humour, as an indispensable part of popular culture, played a complex role under communism in Romania. It was a catalyst of the general discontent towards the catastrophic effects of Ceausescu’s megalomaniac dictatorship, a forbidden, dangerous means of expressing opposition. This dynamic part of folklore captured and exposed essential aspects of life in Communism, from the permanent fear of the Securitate to the ever-growing ridicule of the presidential couple and their acolytes. Unforgiving jokes...   ⇨ Read more