Travel back in time though the graphic novel – Tata Moșu, a inter-war story

In-between my daily routes in Bucharest, whenever possible, I like to have a book as a company and this healty habit has brought me a lot of fictional encounters and findings that have embellished and nourished my existance in my fight to do more than I can do everyday.  I never thought I would become friends with a graphic novel as since I was a child I did not show much interest in comics, although I deeply enjoyed and still enjoy drawing. What happens when drawing and writing join forces? It seems like they make a beautiful pair and their result is a special book, that takes us on a journey in the outskirts of Bucharest, back in the interwar period. As I started following both the graphics and the text,   I became very enternained by the story, as I felt the sensitivity, deep interest and delicacy invested by both the author, the graphic designer and the translator into this work . It is a lifestory of a famous interwar thief who had love matches with one of the lovers of Vlad Dracula himself. I laughed to tears when I read that. Apart from that, there is a lot of deepness envolved in the story too. Growing up in a broken family and suffering from the lack of love of his parents who gave up every kind of love because of suffering too much. Tata Moșu, as he got this nickname since childhood, decided to take life on his own and started to steal from the streets to earn his living. I love that lifestory portrayred in the book has all kinds of elements like the street life as well as the sentimental life linked to historical facts that occured in that period.

 „This project is intended as a plea for the history of the marginal, for the study and improvement of the destinies of those banished from official history, often beautiful and attentively controlled. (…) The world of social outskirts is a veritabile subterrean society, with an evolution parallel to the one we are all aware of, but having the capacity to proke unexpected changes in certain historical circumstances, as well as lead to unsuspected cultural and spiritual mutations. Those in the back row can suddenly become those who lead. This world looming on the edges of the society must not be ignored, abandoned or banished from the social organism. It has its own hierarchy, its own moral values and even instruments with which to organise and impose behavioural models fermented within its self.”   (The story of those without history, Adrian Majuru)


On a rainy and unfriendly weather I rushed into one of the most luxurious hotels in Bucharest to join a premiere in the literary world – the first Romanian graphic novel translated into English., that can be found both at the Museum of History, Sutu Palace, and the Anthony Frost Library. Here is a short video from the book launch.

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