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The Silent Escape: Three Thousand Days in Romanian Prisons

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"I have lived, alone, in a cell, 157,852,800 seconds of solitude and fear. Cause for screaming! They sentence me to live yet another 220,838,400 seconds! To live them or to die from them."—from The Silent Escape

Victim of Stalinist-era terror, Lena Constante was arrested on trumped-up charges of "espionage" and sentenced to twelve years in Romanian prisons. The Silent Escap
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Hardcover, 257 pages
Published April 7th 1995 by University of California Press (first published 1990)
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Meaghan
Jun 15, 2010 Meaghan rated it really liked it
In 1945, an artist named Lena Constante collaborated with a major Romanian Communist figure's wife to create a puppet theater in Bucharest. As a result, in January 1950 Lena was arrested, convicted of trumped-up charges of espionage, and imprisoned for the next twelve years under miserable circumstances. Her first eight years, spent in solitary confinement, are the subject of this memoir. Lena writes modestly -- she claims to have no talent for writing, which is obviously untrue -- and without s ...more
Semnebune
Aug 12, 2014 Semnebune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mamele ne spun mereu: ai grijă ce faci, să nu dai de belea și să ajungi la pușcărie. În societatea noastră, nimic nu poate fi mai rău decât pușcăria. Nici măcar moartea, care pare a ne scăpa de toate grijile și angoasele. Dar nimeni nu ne spune cum să te ferești de istorie. Și ce te faci când nu ajungi doar la pușcărie, ci la temniță, unde nu vezi oameni, unde nu auzi nimic, unde nu ai voie să vorbetști, unde doar mintea ta este singura entitate ce te menține în stadiul de om. Păstrarea conștiin ...more
Claudia Serbanescu
"Evadarea tacuta" si "Evadarea imposibila", volumele Lenei Constante despre experienta sa carcerala, sunt cutremuratoare. Despre frig, foame si frica. Despre umilinte si torturi greu de imaginat, puse la cale de oameni impotriva altor oameni. In Romania anilor '50-'60.
Dar si despre prietenie si solidaritate, despre capacitatea spiritului de a se ridica deasupra tuturor chinurilor trupului si de a evada in ciuda tuturor oprelistilor. Si despre puterea povestilor de a tamadui, metoda care a salvat
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Jaz Keenan
Aug 08, 2013 Jaz Keenan rated it really liked it
Very well written. I felt like I was really witnessing her struggles in prison, not glorified, very realistic.
Cristina Boncea
Nov 02, 2014 Cristina Boncea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Am primit această carte la un schimb și nu mă așteptam să descopăr în ea ceva atât de înfricoșător, ca să spun așa. Este autobiografia Lenei Constante, o deținută politică din anii 50 în închisorile românești comuniste. Pe lângă detaliile istorice, cel mai traumatizant dar și captivant este modul cum ea a reușit să supraviețuiască timpului petrecut singură într-o celulă, de aici vine și titlul, evadarea tăcută. Cartea urmărește strict acțiunile întâmplate de la arestare și până la eliberare, cu ...more
Ariana
Jul 24, 2015 Ariana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi se face pielea de gaina si acum cand ma gandesc. M-a impresionat forta ei psihica si fizica si puterea de a lupta dupa ani si ani. Mereu cu idei noi de supravietuire si modalitati de a evita dementa ,nebunia pe care majoritatea o capatau daca erau supusi acelor torturi inimaginabile .
Recomand aceasta carte tuturor! Merita aflat prin ce au trecut parintii, bunicii sau strabunicii nostri si sa invatam de la ei. Din pacate istoria se repeta, dar sper ca aceaste evenimentesa fie exceptii.
Susannah
Jun 23, 2008 Susannah rated it liked it
Good book, crazy story. Not sure i would recommend it, but it sure taught me about the corruption and injustice of Romania--especially within the justice system.
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