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The Wooden Tongue Speaks: Romanians: Contradictions & Realities

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The Wooden Tongue Speaks is a collection of short stories and poetry set in post-Ceausescu and post-Cold War Romania that takes readers on a journey through the author's home town of Braila in the east of the country. Social, religious and political issues are explored through an array of colourful characters and narratives focusing on the newly, supposedly liberated world ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Honest Publishing (first published September 4th 2008)
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The Wooden Tongue Speaks is a collection of short stories and poetry, concerning the lives of various characters in post-communist Romania. Mainly set in Brăila, these tales are fragments into the day to day reality of a nation attempting to shake off the yoke of the Ceauşescu reign, a regime that was characterized by an increasingly brutal and repressive apparatus and, by some accounts, the most rigidly Stalinist regime in the Soviet bloc. It was also marked by a pervasive cult of personality, ...more
Phil
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, europe
The themes explored by Tiganov is home, emigration, loss, lack of employment and belonging.

I felt the collection made a perfect start with "A Personal History of a City called Braila". This is a descriptive story about home and the meaning of home.

"An interview" is about a person going to a job interview for au pair. The thoughts is about leaving home in search for work as there is no work at home. This is a recurring theme for Tiganov which considering the introudction is understandable (Tigan
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D.B. Pacini
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume of short stories and poems deserves its place in any library. Bogdan Tiganov distills emotion and offers frank descriptions to illuminate our vision. His composites of people, joys, scars, and of the ordinary are almost too lovely, too painful, and too eternal in their pure timelessness. With tranquil urgency Tiganov allows us to be with him in two places simultaneously as he captures images processed with blunt reality, composed of simple truths. We are shown glimpses into a heartle ...more
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