Stranger than we can imagine. An alternative history of a monumental destiny – lawyer Petre Pandrea Cover Image

Mai ciudat decât ne putem imagina. O istorie alternativă a unui destin monumental – avocatul Petre Pandrea
Stranger than we can imagine. An alternative history of a monumental destiny – lawyer Petre Pandrea

Author(s): Valentin-Stelian Bădescu
Subject(s): Social history, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Editura Mega Print SRL
Keywords: Romania; Petre Pandrea; Wallachian Mandarin; Communism; the holocaust of Romanian culture;

Summary/Abstract: Throughout an individual’s troubled history, one may happen to be conservative, then radically dangerous, eventually becoming an uncomfortable reactionary, yet without even changing one’s ideas – this is what happened to Petre Pandrea, a Romanian passionate about his country, in the first decades of the 20th century. The time has come, therefore, for a new perspective on our recent history and the personalities that have marked it, by putting it on a certain course, through their destiny. With Petre Pandrea as a guide, we leave the trodden path and we visit some ill-lighted cottages at the beginning of the 20th century, uncovering completely new approaches on our way to the present. We travel in the company of one of the greatest Romanian lawyers, scientists, genii and eccentric personalities of the time. We learn that big problems, such as capitalism, communism,justice and the holocaust of the Romanian culture are not abstract horrors, impossible to understand, as we all believe, but important terminals that lead us to the world we live in. Petre Pandrea presents us with an alternative history of the most dramatic period of the twentieth century. He shows us how the concentrated and unpredictable universe of the Communist era has become increasingly foggy and uncertain, and how we have discovered that our world is not only stranger than we thought, but to use the words of astrophysicist Sir Arthur Eddington, it is „stranger than we can imagine.”

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 107-182
  • Page Count: 76
  • Language: Romanian