Discovering the British History from a literary point of view is perhaps the most lovely invitation an MA graduate could get by visiting the most popular bookshop from Bucharest, Librăria Humanitas de la Cișmigiu. As during my college years I had a project concerning Anne Boleyn’s sense of fashion.
At the same time I deeply regret to confess that was not very found of history as an object of study, as it meant an infinite row of dates and facts. It lacked any sort of enthusiasm and interest stirring, as mostly of the Romanian classes. To me, history is about people, their lifestyle, their experiences, not only the rigid side of numbers and certified documents.
In an interview on Spiegel Online International, Mrs. Hilary Mantel says that she is interested in discovering the journey of each of her characters, who where not lucky since birth, but who managed to find their own luck in the end.
About her fascination toward Thomas Cromwell, Mrs. Hilary Mantel motivates that in her youth she considered herself to be an outsider of the English literature, as her first books approached subjects like the French Revolutioamd or the Irish, her origins.
Hilary Mantel is the first British woman writer and the first woman to win twice the Man Booker Prize, which is reason of rejoice for literary talent to be acknowledged and recognized above all.
During the book launch, Denisa Comănescu, manager of Humanitas Fiction Publishing House said about the novel Bring up the bodies – O regină pe eșafod, that is part of a trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, that is was translated in 40 foreign languages. The novel is entitled O regină pe eșafod because we thought it to be a catchy and attractive title, which in fact, expressses the main subject of the story. The original title Bring up the bodies is an idiom which was used by the judges from the Royal Court, while the condemned were brought in, who were to be beheaded. There is no Romanian equivalent for such a phrase, as in the historic Romania there did not take place many beheadings, neither did we have the royalty the British had.
Micaela Irimia, professor at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Bucharest : It is another way of writing history, a different one. The facts were written naturally, in a simple style, which resembles a lot with stage directions, but nondescriptive ones. The author lets the reader simpy to unravel the text. It is a new way of giving impulse to the British history.
Andreea Rasuceanu, writer and Humanitas Fiction publisher: Hilary Mantel’s writing style may be simple, as a chronicle, but at the same time it is very misterious and it stirrs up your curiosity to turn the page of the novel over and over again. It is up to the reader to decide whether she is objective or not, whether she imposes through Thomas Cromwell a vision or not.
Ioan Stanomir, literary critic, said that: Reading the novel was an interesting experience also from a stilistic point of view, because during the reading process it is the most difficult to find the right tone, the right tense. You may fall into a stilistic formula that is not understandable for your audience, or either you may switch to an anchronistic formula that may be dangerous in composing the fiction.