The Silent Escape, 9: Three Thousand Days in Romanian Prisons

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University of California Press
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6.42 X 9.4 X 0.91 inches | 1.39 pounds
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About the Author

Lena Constante (1909-2005) was a Romanian artist, essayist, and memoirist. She won the Association des Ecrivains de Langue Française's 1992 Prix Européen for this book's French edition. Franklin Philip is a freelance translator living in Boston. Gail Kligman is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.


"[An] expressive, desolate memoir . . ."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"This is an important contribution to the literature of the Stalinist period in Eastern Europe, to prison narratives (joining the works of Arthur Koestler, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Evgenia Ginzburg), and to the literature of the human spirit. Highly recommended for all libraries." -- "Library Journal"
"A powerful testament to the uncanny resilience of the human spirit. Constante relates in mesmerizing detail the eight years of solitary confinement that she suffered in Romanian prisons after being convicted in the Stalinist show trials of 1948. . . . It is rare for such an important historical document to be rendered with such profound artistic integrity." -- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Constante's story vividly captures the prisoner's desperate struggle to hang onto her sanity and humanity and the remarkable victory when she and other women prisoners learned to communicate through "the language of the walls." A moving contribution to the literature of political imprisonment."-- "Booklist"
"Constante has written a beautiful book about human endurance painfully learned; above all, it is a testament to the power of poetry to free the human spirit even when the physical body is suffering cold, hunger, and cruel degradation." -- "Women's Review of Books"