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The Devil's Grinder

Poems of Hope and Despair from the Forced Labor Camps of Post-WWII Communist Romania

by Mircea Ionescu-Quintus Author · Paula Console-Soican Translator


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This collection of poems—offered as a dual-language English–Romanian edition—together with a critical exposé by the translators, a preface by the author, a chronicle and biography, conveys to the reader a very personal tale of a human tragedy of unspeakable horrors the author endured alongside tens of thousands of other political prisoners at forced labor camps, so-called "Gulags" at the Danube-Black Sea Canal during Romania's Communist regime after WWII. This book is a Zeitzeugnis—a witness of the time—an account not only of a reprehensible past but a very pertinent manifest of hope for younger generations everywhere in the world.

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Parmenides Publishing
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Mircea Ionescu-Quintus (Author)

Mircea Ionescu-Quintus—a lawyer by profession—is one of the most respected statesmen in Romania, where he resides. He re-entered politics at the onset of the Romanian Revolution and the momentous fall of Communism, which was marked by the internat...

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