Editorial

 

 

Dear Friends here and around the World,

 

 

Levure littéraire 10

 

 

invites you to discover the creations of its 220 international artists.

 

 

THEME FOR DISCUSSION:

Words and Declarations of War: The Unannounced Death of Language.

 

 

 

 

Language is the most important means for expression and communication. Language is a wonderous means by which people can help each other, and cooperatively put a world together. To conquer life together. Or the contrary, they can allow themselves to be misled into disputes and arguments. To mutual offense. Destruction. And to war and catastrophe.

 

Language is often misused for power and manipulation.

 

Language is a living organism that stores both the subtle changes that occur in society’s everyday life and all sorts of revolutions. It documents these changes, but also conceals them as well as expressing them.
There are countless foreign languages, as well as parallel languages in a single society. There are secret languages. Slang. Jokes that follow their own linguistic logic.

 

Frequently, throughout the centuries, single words or entire languages were prohibited by the powerful ones of the day.

 

Ideologies of every sort, whether they be politic, economic or religious stripe, use language as a means of either attaining power, or remaning in it. In order to influence the will of the people. Or to break it. Or to euthanize it.

 

The massive pressures under which we are placed on a daily basis through the media, politics, the economy and nature are enormous.The never-ending crises of recent years. The elevated risk of a new nationalism, racism. Rising religious intolerance. Real danger alongside the induced fear of facing a shortage of resources and a demographic explosion. Climate changes and natural catastrophes.The fear of a new emigration wave. The ever more frequent outbreak and an ever wider spreading of epidemics. The growing number of hotbeds of war.

 

The loss of faith in the efficiency, competence and integrity of the political class in many parts of the world and much more creates confusion, fear and aggression.

 

These threats are reflected in our langauge. In its daily usage as well as in public discourse.

 

The lightening-speed advancement of technology, alongside its many positive aspects, has brought with it a life-threatening accelaration to all areas. And as such it has influenced both our social interactions and the ways in which we interact with language.

 

The disappearance of entire languages. The reduction and compromising of words. The scarcity of language. The over-simplification and dumbing-down of language.

 

Wars are declared on a daily basis. There are many types of wars. Sitzkriegs, cold wars. Open wars, and covert wars. Even language wars. Against language. With language.

 

We have invited artists of all categories, philosophies and political scientists to express themselves on the topic, and to make us privy to their observations, experiences, ideas and conclusions.

 

Numerous artists from many countries have accepted our invitation and offered valuable contributions. We have received poetic responses, and multiple forms of engagements with the topic of the loss of language, including prose, music and other art forms.

 

We extend our thanks to all of these artists and collaborators, and invite our readers to be inspired by their creative output, and to continue to reflect or become creatively engaged themselves in both enriching and breathing new life into language, and to oppose war, fear, aggression and danger by bringing the light of friendship, mutual acceptance, communication and support to the world.

 

 

Carmen-Francesca Banciu & LL

 

 (Translated from the German by Elena Mancini)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intended as a ethical and aesthetic ferment, Levure is a space for creative initiatives and thoughts, without financial support, without hegemonic pretences, which favours the quality and originality of the constructive Act of Culture. In these times of economic crisis, and particularly of extreme moral crisis, when Peace, Education and Culture are being marginalized, since it is no longer in fashion to cultivate humanism, Levure persists in seeking with you the path to a secret bridge, toward a peaceful place conducive to meditation, beyond the barbarity and vulgarity of everyday life. With the intention of remaining in the tradition of the universal spirit of the Enlightenment!

 

A journal of information and education, Levure brings to your computer screens, 4 times a year, out-of-the-ordinary authors (50 to 100 per issue), themes and topics that are dealt with, tackled or exploited less often, agents and actors from the entire sociocultural spectrum (literature, visual arts, music, philosophy, ethnology, journalism, psycholinguistics, etc. – which by presenting countries and traditions, horizons rich in differences and similarities, likenesses, enrich us as they fascinate us. Through its thematic diversity, and through an impressive number of cultural players, Levure offers us and you a choice of many languages, sensibilities, tastes, needs for reading and information.

 

« Does saying that the other is my fellow being mean they are like me? »

 

In the Languages section, with its English title, you will find the source (maternal) languages, as well as the target languages (translations) of our collaborators, other than French, which is considered the basic language of this publication.

 

Levure littéraire no. 10 contains poetry, stories, excerpts from novels, pages from journals, literary essays, book reviews, traditional and philosophical tales, articles on psychoanalysis, painting, drawings, collages, sculpture, theatrical and cinematographic performances, music (jazz, rock, pop, folk, etc.), information related to international cultural events.

 

With the help of all the participants, we try to maintain and stimulate humanist exchange.

 

Our goal: reveal new authors, promote knowledge and the success of known authors, and give the perspectives of those who are at odds.

 

Culture helps us to better control and balance our destiny. Let us dare share it with the Others – Authors, those « strangers, » « soul thieves, » who always intrigue us a little… Let us recognize the identity of the Other, with their differences, while respecting their language, their traditions, their work and their culture.

 

Let us take part in the sharing of the innovative and liberating ideas of our cultures. Let us disrupt the manoeuvring of those who orchestrate the final fall of culture and society by maintaining insidiously its degradation for reasons as treacherous as they are Machiavellian and shameful.

 

Let us cultivate friendship! And friendship-love! To feed on culture is to live in harmony in the house of BEING, travel, migrate in artists’ frigates toward those « terra incognita » countries where unexpected Ways & Voices await us, with our hearts in offering.

 

 

Levure littéraire was created especially for all these talented people who have remained anonymous nationally or internationally, without connections, and without real possibilities of accessing fame…

 

Our journal has become multilingual precisely for those countries where the languages and cultures are ignored (forgotten in favour of the law of the offshore nabob and « group think »).

 

Without indulging in politics, we fight against those cultural predators who preach, arms crossed, mouths and pockets full, (the abolition) of culture. We condemn the lack of patronage and the cutting of culture budgets, and we denounce the perversion of the linguistic, human, aesthetic and ethical behaviours of our 21st century.

 

Let us protect art, while practising it with talent and confidence. Let us make art, while defending it with refinement and intelligence. Art has always helped us resist, to evolve with dignity, to love the world, and to believe in a better world. Art does not kill anyone. On the contrary, it elevates humanity. Let us not kill it, please! Let us not make it the subject of wild, sterile speculations and transform it into a mundane commercial product. The international art « business » … is not our art, but ANTIART, the « art » of diverting artists and their cultures from their paths and destinies! We refuse through art the immoral and suicidal laws of the « golden boys »!

 

Being contemporary does not mean adopting any crisis of the moment with its tides and whirlpools, without reflection, without both collective and selective consciousness. You have to belong to your epoch with lucidity, vigilance and perspicacity, while keeping a good distance, with spatial and temporal space, to better curtail troubles in the making. The contemporary does not substitute the present for the past. It seeks what the present contains in its future to come… without ignoring, however, the original foundations.

 

This latest issue of our journal will remain faithful to the positive energy it has shown since the beginning with respect to inventive creation. Quality content, in the face of the aggressiveness and vulgarity of the current world of politics that is monopolizing the stage in the media.

 

 

 

 

Rodica Draghincescu,
Literary director

Translator: Howard Scott

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