Martor nr 8-9/2003-2004
Entre patries / Between Homelands    
Sumar / Sommaire / Table of contents  

           MARTOR appears now in a new format. The seventh issue of our journal has taken the shape of a dictionary: key words, arranged in alphabetical order, and glossed in a less familiar manner. Definitions are rare, most of the terms are just a pretext for recollecting certain experiences or ways of life in the Bucharest of the ‘80s. The issue no longer includes the usual museology section, and the photographic images, in homeopathic proportion, are only meant to give a taste of a future, richly illustrated volume of testimonies related to the same period, which we plan to edit in Romanian.
           Such radical departure from the design of the previous issues is actually due to the events that happened over the last two years, which have been heavy and sudden losses for the small world of our museum and the even smaller team of the MARTOR Journal.
           The first to go away was Horia Bernea, without whom the Museum of the Romanian Peasant would not have broken new ground in European ethnomuseology. Before he left us, he was making plans for a journal issue dedicated to the Mediterranean world, of whose spirit Romania is definitely a part. And then, after she wrote about the way the museum and its team grew under Horia Bernea’s inspired guidance, Irina Nicolau left us, too, in a discreet and equally sudden way. She is the one who, during the lessons of alternative ethnology she held for the young, one day proposed the urgent collection of as many testimonies on the ‘80s as possible. This is how the series of interviews was initiated, as well as the written confessions of older people whose lives were insistently marked by that period.
           The materials that are gathered here have proved to be the result of very different outlooks on that moment in history: nightmarish memories stand side by side with nostalgic regrets, sparks of black humor and even some original recipes. It would have been a pity to spoil this fabulous diversity by selecting the texts according to some criterion or other. Therefore, we simply decided to arrange the key words in alphabetical order. The annex at the end of the volume includes the list of the authors/collectors (referred to by their initials) and the list of the informants (referred to by numbers). In this way, we hope to make the reading of such various texts easier, while those who are interested can easily identify the sources as well.
           Will we ever be able to exorcise by testimony the direst decade of Ceausescu’s regime? Will we ever be able to leave behind the irreparable losses that followed?
           I couldn’t tell how it was that this scrap of paper got on my desk, this fragment of a list Irina had started: envelopes that don’t stick, ball-points that don’t write, rubbers that leave marks, matches that won’t burn…

Ioana Popescu

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