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„Selafiila” – un veac de prigoană şi rugăciune
“Selafiila” – a century of persecution and prayer

Author(s): Elena Dulgheru
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History of Communism, Book-Review
Published by: Renaşterea Cluj
Keywords: novel „Selafiila”; Russia; Father Alexandr Torik; Orthodox monasticism; communism; spiritual life;

Summary/Abstract: The present text is a chronicle of the novel Selafiila (2021), by the contemporary Russian Orthodox writer, Father Alexandr Torik. The major theme of the book, to which the author focuses his entire mastery, is not the unmasking of the gulags and crimes of Bolshevism (which have only background value), but the pursuit of the inner becoming of his heroine. The inner becoming of the heroine is defined especially by the great provocative encounters with the personalities who will shape her destiny. These providential meetings also help the author to insert, through the mouths of these mentors of the spirit, some instructive teachings not only for the protagonist, but also for the reader. The novel Selafiila has the great merit of feeding the reader both with the spiritual substance of Christian and ascetic teaching, necessary for spiritual survival today, and with a literature of the highest quality, able to reach the soul and mind of everyone, regardless the degree of catechetical or cultural preparation of the reader.

  • Issue Year: XVI/2022
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 63-68
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Romanian