Editura Universitara Uranus. Sorrow, revolted, hopeful. Romantic memories

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ISBN: 978-606-28-1282-9

DOI: 10.5682/9786062812829

Publisher year: 2021

Edition: I

Pages: 192

Publisher: Editura Universitara

Author: Artemiu Vanca

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"I was fourteen years old and I was born in this neighborhood. My maternal ancestors, for several generations, lived there, in a house perched on top of the Arsenal Hill, on Cazarmii Street, from where I dominated a good part of the Capital. I really liked this neighborhood! Besides the fact that I was closer to heaven than the rest of Bucharest, it was a quiet neighborhood, flooded with greenery, city and village at the same time.
City, because it had many tall and beautiful houses, worthy of any other neighborhood of the Capital, most works of anonymous architects, professionals or amateurs, but also more ugly and ragged, characteristic of slums in any city, built by looters, carts, visits, shoemakers, tailors, blacksmiths and bricklayers, those who formed, at the beginning of the century, most of the inhabitants of the neighborhood. The house of the logopath Stefan Nestor, on the street of the same name, is one of the oldest in Bucharest. The neighborhood had cobbled streets, sewers, electric light, three monasteries, ten churches, eight schools, a theater, a museum, factories and factories, craft workshops, lots of shops, a stadium, two swimming pools, two former barracks and a former arsenal. military, from which the name of the hill was derived. In other words, he had it all.
Village, because many houses had courtyards and gardens with fruit trees and vines, with dogs barking at you as you passed them, with hens crowing after laying an egg in the nest, and with roosters giving the exact time. "
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ARTEMIU VANCA was born in 1936, in Banisor village, Salaj county. He lives in Bucharest.
By the same author: The Treasure from Magiarului Hill (Romanian, Contrast Publishing House, Bucharest, 2009); The secret of the treasure (novel, Contrast Publishing House, Bucharest, 2010); The treasures under Meses (novel, Contrast Publishing House, Bucharest, 2011); The loves of the boys from Banului Valley (novel, Silvane Notebooks Publishing House, Zalau, 2012); The noble owner (stories, Arefeana Publishing House, Bucharest, 2012); Dark Dawns (novel, Arefeana Publishing House, Bucharest, 2013); Maybe angels (novel, Silvane Notebooks Publishing House, Zalau, 2015); Nostalgic kaleidoscope. People and events (stories, Silvane Notebooks Publishing House, Zalau, 2017); Legends of Banisor (Silvane Notebooks  Publishing House, Zalau, 2017); Do not give up! (novel, Silvane Notebooks Publishing House, Zalau, 2019).

SORROW
1. Arsenal Hill / 10
2. The earthquake / 16
3. The fate of the neighborhood was sealed / 25
4. In the countryside / 36
5. Juvenile love. Demolitions begin / 43
6. High school years. Demolitions continue / 53
7. It's our turn. Grandmother's death / 64
8. We plan to flee the country. Inauguration of the construction site of the People's House / 75
9. Escape planning. The dust was chosen from the Uranus neighborhood / 85
10. The dramas of the former inhabitants of the neighborhood. On the construction site of the People's House / 96
11. Ne amanam fuga. Demolitions continue in the city. Engagement / 106
12. "Uranus" from Jiu / 115
13. Communism is also demolished / 126

REVOLT
14. The polenta exploded / 132
15. The people of Bucharest also revolted / 140
16. The whole country caught fire / 151
17. Velvet revolutions. Process / 161

THE HOPE
18. I became a European citizen / 168
19. Epilogue / 171

Almost all the localities of the world were born without a specific plan and for a long time they developed chaotically. Subsequently, there was a need for some of them, especially the cities, to be systematized, which involved relocations and demolition. This has also happened with Bucharest, several times in its history. The same thing happened in the case of hydropower developments or the construction of large industrial units, whose locations overlapped over inhabited spaces. Each time, the displaced population suffered. It is not easy for anyone when he is evicted from his house, and everything that reminded him of his life until that moment, of his parents, of his estates and ancestors, disappears forever, together with most of the agony. his. Such events have often resulted in tragic consequences for the displaced.
The Uranus district of Bucharest is such a case. He was almost entirely wiped off the face of the earth, to be replaced by the new Civic Center of Bucharest, whose strong point is the People's House, a megalomaniacal construction, meant to make the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu immortal. However, its construction was not absolutely necessary, and the years in which it was built were some of extreme austerity for the entire Romanian people, in which most Romanians lived in the dark and endured hunger. With the demolition of the houses, many historical and architectural monuments were demolished, most of them churches. Not all of them stood in the way of the new constructions, but they had to be removed because they were not to the liking of the Ceausescu couple.
In this book, I tried to describe the drama of the neighborhood, with the disappearance of everything he had better, more valuable and more beautiful, along with the saga of a family that lived there. I did not live in the neighborhood, but I met him during my student years, and later I was saddened by his fate. I do not confuse myself with the main hero and the narrator of the book. Everything I wrote is based on testimonies and extensive documentation. The Facebook page "Uranus District" was very useful to me, on which its former inhabitants posted and still post photos and life stories related to it.
I structured the book in three parts: "Obida", "Revolta", "Speranta". In the first I described the period before and during the demolition, one of suffering and anger, in the second, the events that led to the fall of the Ceausescu regime, which were attended by former residents of the neighborhood, and in the third, the events that had place after the fall of communism and the hope of all Romanians that, despite the winding road traveled during this period, their country is moving in the right direction, even if slower than they hoped.
The book also has an epilogue in which the main hero visits the People's House, which has become the Palace of Parliament. After the visit, he leaves it with the conviction that he saw a special monument, the fruit of the intelligence, talent and skill of the Romanian people, which will make the Arsenal Hill remain significant, both literally and figuratively. He regrets that he built himself with such great sacrifices and that he will remain connected to Ceausescu's name.

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