Around the Inland Sea 1982

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On the eve of the unfettered start of the holiday season, trying to forget about the war on the border (well, for now it’s stuck somewhere far from us), it wouldn’t hurt to look at one of the most attractive. Travel books written by a Roman in the last half century. We may also take in our bag, in the trunk of the car, at least one of the Romulus Roussin’s trifold volumes, which have been relatively recently reissued, in exceptional graphic conditions and seem so handcrafted that they can easily fit in any kind of luggage. Even in the simple backpack that you carry with several other people, above you, on a low-cost flight, having been measured/studyed in small detail by flight attendants in short but decent skirts.

Monday’s flight took place in 1982, on the eve of the awarding of the Herder Prize to Ana Blandiana, a famous episode we’d never get back to. Being in turn a follower of the solo trip, I suppose, in the non-tourist community formally organized by travel agencies, but which has the knack of relieving you of responsibilities, I have found more than Anna Blandiana’s Adventures with Romulus Roussan from 1982, driving not an impenetrable car, as many Romanians do Now (the car gives you the security to not be disturbed at all by potential technical issues that cause trouble when your world is precious), but in a green box, kindly called (humane)) bf. But cars are just one of the many advantages the Romanian tourist now has over those from 1982. Romulus Roussan describes the countless episodes in which he worked on Biff (“gluing cracks in the battery, filling in distilled water”, etc. ) Today I don’t even know how to change a frame! We are past the huge visa problem, which for those born in the 1970s remains sad memories (not just from books, as for Romanians born after 1990) and end up losing finances. How many of us go to Greece, for example, with the tent in the trunk, as he did magical couple From Roman literature, in order to resume the inspirational formulation of Sirinella Gicino? How many of us still use the tent in general? Only by analyzing this aspect can we get an idea of ​​the general increase in living standards in Romania, even if we would prefer to continue to mourn. How many of us can travel without being armed with a credit card or two, seemingly giving us the illusion of security? How many Romanian tourists now dare to go on the road without the application of the site, which has rightly become indispensable to us? Do we rely on maps and road signs and open the door to ask the people? It remains a mystery to me how my father managed to reach a certain address in Budapest in 1991, with the help of only a huge map of the Hungarian capital. That’s right, he knew Hungarian well.

From a certain perspective, Anna Blandiana and Romulus Roussan were the pioneers of the millions of Romanian motorists who stormed Europe. But this does not mean that they did not have nostalgia for the advantages that a particular tourist offers on an ordinary trip. We leave aside the fact that before 1989 trips to the communist camp could be chosen only officially, especially in the Soviet Union. “As we read our notes again, rivers of buses flowed past us, pouring their contents into rivers of pedestrians ready to attack. Modern tourism has reached the efficiency of the conveyor belt, which takes the customer from home, rolls them in planes and hotels, through restaurants and bars, through elevators and buses, To hand it at last to a chatty guide.The little human ingot has now turned from the frivolous side to the industrious side, pushed back by tales and years, in the names of founders and strategists, in historical and architectural terms, soon turns into an educated sheep, who seems to have understood everything and even become a scholar. Alleys and Museums By assembling hundreds of these flocks, each spurred on by a different language, a kind of sound of Babylon, where their names are pronounced differently (…) you sit on the sidelines and just watch, you should enjoy and rejoice, if loneliness does not give you discouragement. For now, you also want to be anonymous and unconscious, to think of someone else in your place, to listen and watch, and to give you everything ready.” I also find the passage very interesting in which our visionary traveler reflects on photography, which in 1982 was still an important and respected (even stingy) institution of the traveler’s service (how many films can you get at RSR?). “Every picture—and how many hundreds we haven’t taken yet, and how many hundreds we won’t take from now on?!—it is a delayed sensation, a power of attorney given to the temporary world through which we slip in a hurry, and promise to live it again, and savor it leisurely in An undetermined future. How has no one made the process of filming until now as a means of alienation, to shatter nature, to transform life into an alternative?”

What amazed me after four decades of writing this trilogy is the freshness of the lines. It’s not just a travel diary, But a compendium of understanding the world. Over time, I have read many accounts of ideological and political travelers who could be tossed straight into the trash after a decade or two. I tend to think that even when it appeared, no one read/believed it. Unlike all of them, Romulus Roussanne analyzes landscapes with clarity and humor, as well as the people he met, being a free man even if he came from a totalitarian regime. The freedom of the pen was admirably intertwined with his writing talent. The raw materials, such as the statue, collected during the voyage at home, were carefully completed, beginning with the notes the author made in the travel diaries each night, admits Romulus Roussan (the voyage took place in 1982, while the trilogy A trip to the inland sea appeared in 1986). When I read the first volume, I found myself writing special stylistic expressions, with which the book is full, real linguistic gems of the Roman language, beautiful, clear and dignified, as if they came from another world and would not hurt her. Lesson. High school Romanian language and literature lessons “Academic clarity”, “All history shuts down in silence and absence”, “Empire of loneliness”, “Burning of unpredictable inspiration”, “Sleep that will wash us from the exhaustion of hundreds of miles traveled “,” Mix of centuries and continents “,” Ephesus has integrated us into itself and we can no longer look at it from the outside “). The verb is also alert because the journey itself involves effort and fatigue. “Everything on the Turkish road is fever, passion and curiosity. It turns into a dance floor, where the most terrible quadrills are improvised (…) There are no rules in reality, no obligatory signs, nothing is taken into account, except for the car in front that must be protected (… ) There are interjections, encouragement, sayings, laughter, sarcasm. He puts his hand on the open window and signs victory and freedom, boredom and scattering. The only valid sign (abandoned by electricity) is also performed manually: Kabbalistic signs push the air Or cut it, or slam into a door or a hood.Above all, in this kabbalistic sarabandi, the horn works.He is the ultimate master of the road.It sounds with pure pleasure and in the sharpest tones: sharp, stifled, comical, hoarse, creepy, musical, resonant, Ship, rescue, police, like a bird of prey, like a trumpet, like an ox, like a crow, like a scythe.” And this whole passage replaces simple results – Turks drive crazy and do not follow any rules in traffic.

In the book trilogy we find countless reflections on the course of history, as Romulus Roussan independently developed the philosophy of history. That is, filth through divine grace of inspiration (…) Resurrection through art is an act of elimination of a man lurking in oblivion and perishability, of the human being who , by compensation, still saves time and disciplines him, making him stay, to prove. Victory is really the art of history. Absolute power at one time or another is reduced to its spiritual projection, taming and promotion – it is closed today in a museum with a program of 9 to 17 … “

Inevitably, there are descriptions of the peoples they have passed through, sometimes beginning with some unexpected comparison. For example, the Greeks Romulus Rousan seem to resemble the goats found in the former polis of Ephesus, in Asia Minor, and now in Turkey. “Perhaps the goats are the independent symbol of Greece, they manage their affairs by themselves, they cannot stand large herds, they are capricious (the name of the whim comes from capris), they know how to make their food out of dry stone, they are stubborn and individualistic like the Greeks. Unlike sheep that seem She came from other horizons, which are as contemplative and obedient as Miorița from the North.” Anna Blandiana’s bet won: “I would like to know that today, among the journeys seen as synonymous with entertainment, this book can be read as an introductory journey into a world where – if resistance through culture proves to be a very controversial subject – resistance to culture proves more More so it is the only important one,” he wrote at the end of the introduction. //

Romulus Rousan

Journey to the Inland Sea – 3 volumes

Spandogeno Publishing HouseBucharest, 2019

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