Silviu-Dan Lupascu

 

Silviu Dan Lupascu

 

(Romania)

 

 

 

CAMP FREEDOM

 

 

We ate in the barrack, near the river, and now everybody was waiting for one of the wives to bring the wine. The hoarse voices, inured to remain silent for long hours or to utter meaningless words, seemed to warm the room in the same time with the fire that was thrilling in the tiled stove and the steam rising from the large bowl filled with tea, placed at the center of the round table. A strange circumference, made of male faces, with grown beards and tired eyes…

– Winter is setting in, said one of them. Another week or two, and the snow from the mountains will show up around here.

Somebody walked in, took of his coat, and moved for a while with heavy steps.

– Rafael, said he, a woman is searching for you. She is outside, right in front of the hut…

– If the winter is gonna be as bad as last year, the stags will come near the camp, looking for food, and we will be able to shoot them through this very window…

– Come on, don‘t speak like that about them animals… Just hunt them down, if you are able to hunt them, when the occasion will present itself, and don‘t tattle so much…

I slammed the door, and then I made my way towards the shadow looming at the end of the landing stage. As I was marching through the fog, she appeared gradually as an embodiment of the twilight…

– I should know if you are happy or unhappy to see me…

I laughed:

– As odd as it may seem, but I was not giving it too much thought lately…

– Still… I would be happy to know that it could have been a happy encounter for you…

– It was no need for you to come, in order to find out how deep is my need for happiness…

We set off along the water, and I had no urge to touch her, despite of the fact that almost a year had elapsed since the last time I made love to a woman. Feeling her so close to me was enough to make me hear again the remote murmur of countless voices, each of them speaking about one of the infinite faces of the truth, like in my youthful years, when I was living only for the sake of my effort to listen and to apprehend the manifold voices of the unknown truth…

She said that she was still in love with me, more than she will ever be with anybody else on the earth, but only while she is alone and far away from me… That making love is an epitome of life to her, while all that exists beyond the sphere of love lies also beyond the sphere of life… And some other words that used to work a long time ago, when we were teen-agers and somehow pure, but inevitably and tragically had the sound of corner-market philosophy in the winter nightfall, in the nightfall of our lives… She was incontinently moving her sensual and vane lips, I was contemplating absent-mindedly the last traces of sunlight in the midst of the cold and inauspicious fog… That in my presence she is repelled and frightened by something like a pack of blood-stained beasts… She married Nicolas…

I replied that she was speaking as if “the lines“ were never “displaced“, and that always between us a cunning misunderstanding was creeping in, like a sort of evil charm, and I recalled my idealistic folly that compelled me to behave like a hippie saint or ascetic during our college days, inseminating the fertile ground of chastity with the ideas appropriated from the books that I used to read, from the books that I used to think that I have to write, from the songs that we sang together, naked, in my bed, in the bygone age when making love was an epitome of life… Perhaps all those fragments of an anachronistic reality do not matter anymore from the point of view of the lonely woman she was, from the point of view of the lonely man that I have become, both of us hunted by unseen and merciless forces, above all by the devouring dissoluteness of the never-ending time… At some point I hoped that nevertheless one day I will reach a haven where I will be able to grasp the conundrum of my past experiences, but now it was enough to face the image and the unanswered questions and the unfulfilled utopias of the immature hippie hidden inside my soul, like a pearl in its shell, just to realize that I had accepted the world and its laws, almost to the pathetic limit of personal surrender, and that only my weary face was still different among the faces of the people whom I was passing by in the streets…

We reached the birch grove, we melted our bodies in the crucible of the dead leaves, I was trembling of cold, fury and tenderness, while I was penetrating once more inside her… inside her humid and gracious and irrational her…

– Oh, Lord! She whispered, can you fathom the amount of happiness that all those trees have bestowed upon wandering people like you and me?

– No wonder, then, that we keep wandering…

– There are things that you will always fail to understand…

– Yeah… Never trust a man older than thirty…

We talked about me and Nicolas… About our obstinacy to search something inexistent and without a name, solidary as we were with the new generations of lonesome and blind individuals, martyrized not by weapons and wars, but by alien truths which were not, which never could be ours. We were hoping for a sort of apocalypse of freedom, for an artistic redemption of the human minds and souls, as we abandoned ourselves to the innocent fervor of a mitigated and almost sacred anarchism, with no religious texts or apostles by our side… Perhaps only our eyes were brimful with the brilliant view of the abysmal millenaries opened ahead of us, with the landscape of our suffering watched over by invisible angels, appointed to guard us and to lead us towards immortality and the gardens of paradise… Like a somersault in the ocean of nothingness, like the beatitude of flying experienced in a dream… And in the end, instead of all that, a mad guffaw aiming to prove that we had the right to soar high, not to tumble down with a crash, while the good scream, kept lifelong for the moment of triumph, was never to be heard, while the naked trapeze was still swinging in the empty circus…

– How come you never left Eastern Europe? she asked. With your sexual despair, artistic despair… I mean… your clear religious notions about the Unseen World, the Kingdom of God… you could have become a… sacred monster… in the West…

– May be it is just my peculiar manner, my unique style… to approach all the essential intercourses of life, of death… My social insertion had always been a nightmare in the East, and I can not stand the risk that it could be much worse in the West… or much better…

– About the most peculiar of your intercourses… From the very first night that we spent together, I felt that you were trying to help me experience a sort of revelation… The expression… the signs… of a pathological freedom… You endeavored to deploy a rather insignificant force, while the greatness you imagined, the ideal of the overwhelming power that was burning your eyes… is never to be entrusted to a human being…

– It makes no sense whatsoever… If it did bring you any joy, you can wait and see what is gonna happen from now on, and if you were worried in any way, now there is nothing to worry you anymore… We were in the city, in my attic, in a wooden bed…

– Oh, no… We were close to the sea… On a promontory, among the sand dunes, near the white rocks…

– What a strange fate befell them all… The city, the people in the house, the young man in the attic…

– Next morning you said about the sea-harriers… that they are like white roses descending from the sky over the blue wilderness of the sea… But I was still feeling inside of me the way you…

– I love you, I said… It is cold here, and a bad weather, but not because of that…

It was the epoch when Nicolas was speaking… just speaking… about Molotov cocktails to be used by the students against the communist establishment during the riots and street manifestations… May be she fell in love with me when I went to jail for the first time as a political prisoner, singing out loud With a little bit of help from my friends… May be she admired him a lot for his words… I can recall vaguely that she was searching everywhere for her own inexistent thing, a love story verisimilar to the classical French novels, even if I was wholeheartedly comparing her to Natasha in War and Peace… Same characters, different historical narratives…

Well, in the country terrible things occurred at the time, countless well-known politicians and artists were brutally murdered or disappeared without a trace, attempting to oppose not only the government, but also the flood of violence, insanity and blindness that was engulfing one after the other all the symbols that encapsulated the faith and the ideals of the free spirits. As far as we were concerned, Nicolas and me, I paid my dues, I was punching the policemen in the face, and received in exchange not only bruises and deep wounds, but also weeks in prison, while he was writing essays about freedom and tyranny, and in the meantime, between the texts, between unreadable philosophical arguments, was giving speeches in the campus, exhorting the students about the necessity to go out in the streets, to meet the policemen and to punch them in the face…

Anyway, while those wonderful years were slowly unfolding their mysteries of love and revolt, we were persuaded that it makes sense to think about how our lives are going to be shaped. If I or Nicolas had decided, for instance, to build a career in literature or justice or movie making or politics, and one day we were in a position to realize that we succeeded in becoming what we initially desired, the outcome of our efforts would have been attributed to our talents and intelligence and wisdom and personal magic in dealing with other people and avoiding the traps of the brotherhood of men… And to the benevolence of our generous God… But under a communist regime each and every life track is broken or breakable, one is powerless in building his destiny on the foundation of his personal freedom, because one has to fight for his freedom in the first place… Everybody has to make a vital choice, to join the ranks of the victims or the ranks of the Jack Ketch, wasting the priceless days of his life in a spiritual guerrilla doomed to be torn to pieces not only by the unforgiven presence of the communist authorities, but also by the unforgiven presence of the passing and never returning time… At midnight, in the attic, sometimes with Roxana, sometimes with Nicolas, I used to listen to the discrete voices of the anonymous saviors, gradually and continually exfoliating their vibes from the noise of the city, at the climax of the human bolero, like the sounds to be grasped from an unseen shell, clasped to the ear… The sounds of an unseen ocean…

We were awakened from our dreams when we understood that nothing was possible for us altogether, except for a grey life in a grey world… We were never to reach forty or fifty or sixty years of age, and to count in a petty bourgeois manner our victories and our wealth, not even moments or oasis of goodwill, joy, or love… Neither a swarm of kids or the stars of our epaulette in the army, or the rungs towards the entrance to our office where we could have been employed as lawyers, or physicians, or journalists… Neither the steps defining the real or unreal frontiers of the exiguous rooms of the dope fiends… The day came when we were compelled to admit that our lives were devoted to the excruciating truth of nothingness, that none of us was meant to accomplish none of those things… Vanity of vanities, saith the Ecclesiastes, vanity of vanities, all is vanity… And the sun also ariseth… Once that we acknowledged this simple fact, Roxana, Nicolas and I, we were awaiting the signs of a new age, of a fresh start, of a break-through… And soon afterwards the communist regime collapsed…

So we always fell into the temptation of this ongoing dialogue, speaking about the good old times when we imagined that the competition still exists, and that it was conducted according to the rules established by those who were born to win, because those rules were part of their beings, as long as before them they were revealed to other people resembling them, in order to carry on God‘s plans in the maze of creation. To praise them or to kill them was an existential dilemma for the communist authorities, and may be this would not have been such a spell-binding dilemma, if all the smart asses of the mob, from the merchants to the crucified ones, had not failed in their attempts to find the proper means to get rid of them without trespassing the limits of the hubris, without approaching an impending disaster…

She started to describe her first ball and ball dress, from a remote period, when I was working hard during the day, and singing with the band during the night, when I was judging and blaming almost everything and almost everybody for the shortcomings of the world. We were living the age of brilliance and shuddering with the veil of the wonders lingering on our faces. In the beginning we accepted the competition with confidence and unselfconsciousness, afterwards with the supreme straining of our will and the curse of the scarcity of our time, with sacrifices and denials and wasted joys, never to be encountered again. We were discontented with the common and invaluable bliss of love, like heretical alchemists we turned it into the burning sulfur of suffering, a sin that triggered a harsh punishment from above, because our foot bridges collapsed, and our ships stranded on the foreign shore of despair.

In spite of all that, even if not animated by my stubbornness, a stubbornness the size of Siberia, Roxana herself kept hunting the prey that does not exist all along her grey life, both of us ridiculous oftentimes in our intolerance, nevertheless unable to find a better and wiser way to squander our energies, our time… Until the inebriation of solitude, some brand new illusions and a taste of bad luck helped me to lose her love and her friendship, and to forget all the faces that were gathering around me when I was young, in fact to trade their solidarity for the realm of another exile, as I was progressing relentlessly on the dangerous path leading inside my soul…

– Have you seen it? I asked. Here and on the other side, up to the horizon… The best of us will probably be granted a job in the free world… Anyway, in a few days the whole region will become unrecognizable… I am not sure if anybody is really interested, but those who have started the reconstruction are trying to implement a system in order to revive the lost tribe of the intellectual outlaws… That is… people like me and Nicolas, who are still alive and kicking… And this is not pity or philanthropy, something like that does not even exist in a democracy, it would humiliate the free human beings more than the communist police and the communist dungeons… The true reason behind all this is the need to recover some of those who could have been for the sake of safeguarding the liberty and the comfort and the happiness of those who will certainly be after us… I am ready to bet that their bosses commanded the amanuenses and the journalists to search for our names in the old newspapers and books and in the graveyards, so that a computer might operate the subtraction of those who are not alive anymore from the sum of those who were once alive… Thanks to this clever device, they will be able to identify those who left behind them a train of texts that are nothing but scream ties of freedom and dignity and courage and pride, nothing but pure wisdom of the spiritual guerrilla fighters and calm, lucid contemplation of the evil that raged unleashed against the happy few… They will be able to prepare a hot bath for them and to give them clean garments and some food as a gift, and after all to talk to them face to face, just to see if they have healthy responses to the calls of the simple values, if they can discern light from darkness and good from evil… and pleasure from pain…

Consequently some of the officials that will soon show up might be interested in me, in what I was, in what I could have been, in what remains of me… out of what I was and could have been… Or at least they have to show some interest in those who were on the same side with me, on the side of whom I have always been, the anonymous survivors of the anti-communist spiritual guerrilla… Things have always been like this and you know it all too well, this has always been the foundation of our lives… Perhaps we did not have the respite or the required vainglory-denial, in order to take it as a certitude at the time and to share it among each other, but this was and still is the magic ground of our wanderings… If this is not true, then everything was in vain, and nothing makes sense anymore, and there is a great deal of unfairness in the bloody history‘s progress towards nowhere or the apocalypse… as long as the former communist aristocrats are still ruling the country…

You know, I can recall a speech delivered by Ronald Reagan in the mid 80‘s, a speech addressed to the nation. It was broadcasted by the Voice of America, and I was listening to the radio in my room, in the campus, together with Nicolas… He expressed his deep gratitude to the Eastern European dissidents, who were defending or shielding the values of democracy with their own bodies, with their own souls… weaponless against the communist terror… on the front line, so to speak… And now I do not know… if the presidents that followed him still keep this in mind, because I cannot see any signs that they are keeping this in mind, and it hurts me a lot… May be they have other priorities, may be it is something verisimilar to the changing fashion in Paris… other demimondaines called to tread on other cat-walks… I still believe that it is impossible for the whole thing to be mere bullshit… to have been mere bullshit… The peasants in the villages nearby do not understand now more than they understood in the past, but they are impressed to see that their humble houses will host for a while people from the Press and the Television, from the European Parliament, the Church, the Academy, and even Discovery Channel… In a few weeks the helicopters and the trucks will carry across the river stones, marble, building materials and different other goods, in order to erect an amphitheater in this wilderness…

– I traveled so far to see you for many reasons, Roxana whispered, but the most important is the need to talk to you about Nicolas.

– Please forgive me, I retorted ironically, but he only came to my mind after we finished our job, out there, in the birch grove…

– Don‘t be a jerk!, she replied furiously. The apples of misfortune started to grow in our orchard only after we refused to eat the apples of love…

– You are wrong, I said, we ate whole-heartedly the apples of love, until the rain of misfortune drowned us and withered the trees… And anyway there is no explicit mention about a Tree of Love in Paradise, I wonder why…

– Shut up!… Shut up!… I cannot stand your words about love, Paradise and all that… When it comes to love, you turn into a ruffian who could defile a thousand lives… And this is a crime…

– Usually the love of the souls has as an outcome the defilement of the bodies… I wish I had a thousand women, but I barely had ten… I am still far away from the realm of sexual genocide… And even the ten chosen ones, they survived… You are a living proof…

– I didn‘t see another human being to evolve in such a spectacular manner from innocence to abjection…

– To ruin… It is essential to settle the boundaries of a life that went astray.

– I hate you. May be one day the world will have the face of Nicolas, but it will never have your face!

– It doesn‘t matter! The world should have had my face thirty years ago… My face does not exist anymore, when I look in the mirror, I see a stranger… When I was twenty years old, I was already fully aware of the power of the words…

Briefly, Nicolas was expected to arrive in a day or two, in their second hand car. I was predestined to win, but the age of my competitions faded away. For Nicolas a victory obtained in the amphitheater would represent the climax of his life, the heyday of everything he was foredoomed to achieve, while to me it would certify an irreversible decay, a belated accomplishment, a feeling of loss… So if I agreed to behave in a rational manner, I should take her advice, move out of the way and let Nicolas win… And this was Roxana‘s well-thought message to me…

– I am aware that you may think that nobody has the right to ask something like that from a fellow man, she said, but you should be the first to know how remote the whole display of life is from all the wonderful principles we shared in our youth, when it was enough to wear a pair of Lee jeans and a woolen shirt and to grab a guitar and to strike up a tune, in order to make peace with the universe… The truth is that we have to judge things like love and friendship only according to the reality of our lives, to the experiences we had, and no woman would join the camp of the defeated ones, if she had other chances, other opportunities… I burned my wings a long time ago, when our love story was young and the world was tormented and pure, you outshone me like a mad and beautiful star… a falling star, as it turned out… You owe me that much…

– Yeah, we had great lives… great lives made of insignificant events… A man locked up with his woman in the strange dance of life… Sometimes I wonder what is keeping us locked so badly?

– Don‘t you remember?… The scream ties…

They turned off the lights in the barrack, so only after stumbling over lying bodies asleep I managed to squeeze in my hammock… As my eyes were filled with darkness, I recalled my teacher… Matei Cekais, the guru of hope… One day he was sitting on the campus` greensward, surrounded by students, a flock of variegated disciples, imparting to them souvenirs or amulets from the vanity fair of human wisdom, aphorisms and jokes and smutty songs from the political dungeons… His soul was alive, and to a lover who had lost his beloved he said that to hinder a common man from fulfilling his common destiny would be tantamount to the attempt to bring a moribund back to life, or to stop a blind man fanaticized by chimeras on the fringe of the desert, and to a child who was distressed for the meanness and ignorance and rapacity of the people around him, that nobody would have been able to create a world better than the world created by God Himself, in spite of the fact that some socialists and communists mother fuckers once believed that the world would look cool if they painted it in red… And this saying is still as true as ever, because He punishes first and foremost the sins committed by the immature saints… That morning was a bright beginning for the countless travels that we accomplished together afterwards, side by side…

I had the feeling that I dreamt about all those things a long time ago, without knowing for sure when and where they would occur to me… Roxana‘s excesses in her first love perpetuated into the excesses of her second love, and I was responsible not only for the mistakes and the indifference of the past, and the defeat of the present, but also for the despair and the suffering of the future, as long as I was incapable to endorse, according to her wish, the democratization of victory… There was no way that I could condone her efforts to bring the wine of triumph to the lips of somebody who was not entirely worthy of it, against a whole damned order of the cosmos, that I still considered to be designed to crown the virtues of the most enlightened individual in the brotherhood of men… It was sad that she paid in advance this virtual and innocent trespassing of the rules with the golden coin of her love and selflessness, and she deserved mountains of happiness in exchange, everything except that, while she was accomplishing once more the absurd and gratuitous ritual of self-denial, as a priestess animated by the communist-catholic syndrome of equality, arrested by a decree of her fate on the threshold of counter-selection… Her bounteousness was superior to my contemplative and unfair defeat, and I admired her tenacity in striving to bring an insignificant man to the illusory height of a ridiculous victory, against all odds, before the moment when the bells will have to toll, and Roxana and Nicolas and Rafael will have to travel altogether to the kingdom of the unseen…

“Somebody is not.“, once Matei Cekais had said to me, somebody who never existed, and now I was thinking that it might happen for him to appear and join us in the end, without my attempt to dare to begin to wait for him after a lifelong absence… Somebody whom I was desperately in need of, him, him who is absent, who should have been here a long time ago, who was lingering in another place, because he was not allowed to come hither, to settle, to endure, to understand his suffering…

– The poison that is dropping on my chest will penetrate inside one day, I said to myself in the night. Oh, Lord, for some of us the original sin is imperceptible!

Matei Cekais himself woke me up at the break of day. He rode on a mule‘s back all night long, on the highway. We commented upon the events, we perused the merry-go-round of the construction site, we gladdened in our meeting again, we entered the barrack, we ate apples, we drank a few cups of coffee.

– There was not the remotest chance of my losing a sophistical rodeo of this magnitude, he said… How is life treating you, my son?… What about Nicolas and Roxana?… Did she bring any child into this world?… She was quite a dish twenty or thirty years ago, in the Woodstock Era, before they put us in the can… And he was laughing like nuts…

He was doing pretty well, he turned eighty-four last summer, the new authorities put him in the possession of the land of his ancestors, so now he owned a sheep farm, he had rebuilt his house and around the house he planted an orchard of pomegranate trees… He was looking downwards just in order to find the courage to tell me that the period of time when we used to roam about together, free in a country of slaves, had been a wonderful one, no doubts about that, but a sterile one as well, because it brought no fruits to our fellow men, on the contrary, it gave birth only to hazardous illusions of revolt or harmony or peace… and to false hopes… I had a clear intuition of what he was going to add, I was a master of the conversations that disunite people who fail to communicate through the ineffable presence of the words, who fail to find a better language from soul to soul, a language more vivid and colorful and true than the nostalgia of the past…

– I can recall, he said, the time when we expected something new and fresh to be the gift of every morning, something like pomegranates brought into being within the trees of our souls… Back in those years you were scorning the outcasts who were involved in petty competitions such as this one… What are you doing here, Rafael?… Were it not for your unreasonable and intolerant ideals, your life track could have been that of a winner, who is called to win any spiritual battle, in any place and at any time… You were born to win, Rafael, but I have to remind you of the day when you started to chase your game out of this world… out of the realm of the unreal reality… into the realm of the real reality… far away… too far away… where no one else could follow in your steps… Now, in the end, you became too wise and too weak… Wise enough to understand that, indeed, what you deserved, what you were searching for, is something unreachable and dazzling, weak enough to acknowledge that now, after the zenith of your life had passed in vanity and recklessness, all the treasure that you are inheriting is a pair of tired hands and a pile of rusty weapons, that the blade of your soul itself is too tired and too rusty not only to conquer step by step the unknown spiritual riches that are waiting for you along the road that you can now clearly see up to its end on the line of the horizon, but even to approach and contemplate them, with your heart filled with an unutterable joy… Leave the amphitheaters to the young, to the powerful ones and to the madmen, Rafael!…

I listened the end of the exhortation in front of the window and for the last time I gave him a king‘s laugh… I took the hot tea pot in my hand and I prepared the tea, not being able to subdue my laugh, almost spilling the boiled water on my clothes, on the table, on the boarded floor… My love for him was almost gushing through my pores…

– Who would have thought that the workers, the trucks and the helicopters could build an amphitheater so fast? I said… Matei, you have a farm, and I have nothing… My farm is not from this world… May be a long time ago each of us desired and deserved other fruits from the Tree of Life, but I am not sure what kind of fruits, and it doesn‘t matter anymore… If you allow me to confess to you, I recently reached the point where my happiness streams from the happiness of the others, of the people around me, I am in love when I contemplate those who love each other, I triumph over my enemies when I applaud the winners… In this way I will always live and relive the beginning of life, the aleph of the everlasting life, surrounded by refined joys and experiences… To what purpose should I strive anymore, as long as viewed from the universe the competition itself appears as a thin and indistinct and continuous line, and God Himself, despite His efforts, cannot distinguish the heroes from the vanquished?… In exchange for all your pieces of advice, please receive the saying of my life: Be merry on the exiguous earth because of the exquisite earth!… When this all-encompassing truth was finally and painstakingly revealed to me, I gave up all the fragments of truth that I used to carry and to guard in my travel gown, I do not want to fight anymore, whatever this means, may God bless my benefactors, Nicolas and Matei and Roxana… You know, I am a member of the tribe of those who always manage to find a railway station or a second hand car, when they decide to quit the places where they should have settled…

I packed off-hand my things in the knapsack, I rolled up my hammock and tied it with leather straps… I had no need to look into his eyes, in order to feel his clement, emasculated sight, and to suffer even deeper… What a heart-rending discovery… to see that an intimate friend was gone to the other side… because of his hoary age… and powerlessness… and softening of his spiritual killing instincts…

And the day was far from being over… We descended the steps of the barrack and stopped for a while near his mule… It was a beautiful, well fed animal, Matei covered his back with a blanket, the mule had a normal mien, it seemed to imply that communism and anti-communism were all the same to him, and also that his mule-ness was prior to anything else…

– Fascinating eyes! I said. May be hidden within them lies a prophecy about the centuries to come…

– What centuries? replied Matei. Is there anything left?

– Not really… But I have to get accustomed to take things as what they are, to accept the fact that after undergoing so many changes they cannot remain unchanged, that most of the people and things around me are not in accord anymore with the ideas abiding my mind and my soul, that after all and against my will… I am an old timer just like you… Oh, what the hack!… It is not so hard, compared to what I‘ve been doing lately…

– I didn‘t understand that part about the old timers… Didn‘t I teach you that every end is a new beginning… and every death a rebirth?…

They turned the river bank into a bazaar, an orchestra was playing a symphony in the birch grove, thousands of people were swarming in the proximity of the amphitheater, an amphitheater that was still estranged from the whole making of the world, until the human beings will start to understand and to love the miracle that appeared unexpectedly out of their souls… And above all they will acknowledge that their souls were in vane oppressed by exterior forces, while in fact their own fear and apathy prevented them from having the vision of the splendid landscapes of freedom and lovingkindness and solidarity…

The merchants crowded already our pristine settlement, and it was fatal that the benches of the amphitheater will be filled, as always, by a formless mob, until the laws and the teachers will have the upper hand in the war against the evil passions, will inspire the lost individuals with respect for the norms of civilization and gratitude and tolerance and comprehension of nuances and rejection of the monstrosity of violence, so that the fire of creation might at least embrace and burn not only the energies and the talents of the young, the skills of the powerful ones and the paradoxes of the fools, but also the musing and the dreams and the squandered ideals of the gladiators unbidden in the circus…

Right before noon Nicolas showed up in a white 1976 Mustang, Roxana took his arm, and they began to tread together the path towards the barrack… Nicolas… and Roxana… and Matei… and me… We exchanged for a while meaningless words, and out of the blue it came to my lips:

– … I have to go now… Just give me the damned Mustang… and… power to your elbow!

– And you may keep my mule, too, Matei added.

A rostrum had been erected on the landing stage. After all, what made the distinction between him and me was the way that each of us would have behaved in a treasury… in a brothel… in a communist prison… He was not a negative character, he addressed the crowd:

– The tragic past must serve as an incentive to the next generations to put an end to the absurd dialectics of barbarousness and civilization… Citizens, I am announcing to you the metaphysics of civilization and freedom and democracy!

Roxana avoided my eyes, until she could not avoid my eyes anymore, Matei drove the Mustang on the highway, and we missed the best part. After a few kilometers, I grabbed the guitar and hit it…

 

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CURRICULUM VITAE

 

  • Last Name: LUPASCU
  • First Name: SILVIU – DAN.
  • Date of birth: July 28, 1966
  • Place of birth: Galati, Romania.

 

 

STUDIES, FELLOWSHIPS

 

  • 1980-1984: Vasile Alecsandri Lyceum, Galati, Romania.
  • 1984-1988: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty for Laws, Iasi, Romania; A. in Laws.
  • 1992-1993: Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew and Jewish Studies (OCPHJS, Saint Cross College & University of Oxford), at Yarnton Manor, Yarnton, Great Britain; Postgraduate Diploma in Hebrew Studies; Dissertation: The Timeless Death and Life of the Donkeydrivers (under the supervision of Professor Philip S. Alexander).
  • 1991-1995: D. in the History of Culture / Alexandru D. Xenopol Institute for History & The Romanian Academy, Iasi, Romania. Title: Divine Logos and Historical Becoming, under the supervision of Professor Alexandru Zub. Defended in Iasi, September 4, 1995. First Ph. D.
  • 1995-1996: Fulbright / Marshall Research Fellow (Fulbright Foundation and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars), Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; Research Project: The Sacrificial Act as the Basis of the Theocratic Ideal (under the supervision of Professor Paul F. Stuehrenberg).
  • 1996-1999: Relink Fellow, New Europe College, New Europe Foundation, Bucharest, Romania; Relink research appointments: July 1997, September 1998, May 1999 (Université de Paris IV Sorbonne, Département d‘études arabes et musulmanes, under the supervision of Professor Abdallah Cheikh-Moussa, Paris, France).
  • 2000-2005: D. in the History of Religions / Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Département: Histoire et civilisations), Paris, France. Title: L‘Imaginaire religieux au carrefour des espaces sacrés, under the supervision of Professor Sylvie-Anne Goldberg. Defended in Paris, April 19, 2005 / « Mention très honorable avec félicitations ». Second Ph. D.
  • 2001, February-March: Mellon Research Fellowship awarded by Maison des Sciences de l‘Homme (MSH), Paris, France (under the supervision of Professor Hinnerk Bruhns).
  • 2002-2004: Research Fellowship awarded by the French Ministry of Research at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France; Research trips: March-April 2002, May-June 2003, June-July 2004 (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, under the supervision of Professor Sylvie-Anne Goldberg).
  • 2004: Member in the Board of the “Tradition and Postmodernity” Summer School, Ramnicu-Valcea, Romania, August 19-21, 2004. Programme financed by the European Community, “Education and Culture, Culture 2000”.
  • October 2007 – July 2008: Post-Doctoral Fellowship awarded by Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France (under the supervision of Professor Paul André Rosental and Professor Sylvie-Anne Goldberg). Research Project: In the Ninth Heaven – The Gnostic Background of the Albigensian Cosmological Tradition and the Romanian Cosmological-Folklore Tradition.
  • March 2011 – February 2012: Mircea Eliade Post-Doctoral Fellowship (POS DRU 61104) awarded by the Institute for the History of Religions / Academy of Romania, Bucharest, Romania. Research Project: Connections between Gnosticism, Christianity and Sufism under the Abbasid Dynasty (750-1258).

 

 

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

 

  • 1988-1990: Lawyer going through probation, Bar of Botosani, Romania.
  • 1990-1996: Editor, European Institute (Institutul European) Publishing House, Iasi, Romania; Journalist, EditorOpinia studenteasca (Students‘ Opinion), Timpul (Time), Dacia literara (Literary Dacia), Echidistante (Equidistances), Iasi, Romania; Revista Romana de Teologie (Romanian Review of Theology), Targu Mures, Romania.
  • 1998-1999: Associate Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion / Faculty for Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. Title of Class: “The Philosophy of Religion in the Abrahamic Religious Spaces“.
  • 2002: Member of the Writers‘ Union of Romania.
  • 1999-2002: Associate Lecturer in Hebrew Studies (M. A. Programme in European Studies) / Goldstein Goren Center for Jewish and Hebrew Studies, Faculty for Philology, University of Bucharest, Romania. Title of Class: “Rabbinical Strategies Concerning the Understanding of the Bible: Re-Written Bible, Targum, Pesher, and Midrash“.
  • 2002-2004: Editor, Revista Norii / The Clouds Literary Magazine (revistanorii.com, www.cloudsmagazine.com).
  • 2002-2008: Visiting Professor in Comparative Religious Studies (M. A. Programme in the Anthropology of the Sacred Space) / Ion Mincu University for Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania. Title of Class: “The Religious Imagination at the Crossroad of the Sacred Spaces“.
  • 2003-2013: Associate Professor in Historical Studies / Faculty for History and Philosophy, University of the Lower Danube, Galati, Romania. Title of Classes: “History of Religions“, “History of Art“, “History of Mentalities“, “Oriental Religions at the End of Antiquity and the Beginning of the Middle Ages“, “Romanian Identity, European Identity“ (M. A. Programme).
  • 2016 (ongoing): Professor / Faculty for History and Philosophy, University of the Lower Danube, Galati, Romania. Title of Classes: “History of Religions“, “History and Theory of Art“, “History of Mentalities“, “Religious and Confessional Interferences in Eastern Europe“ (M. A. Programme).

 

 

CONFERENCES, LECTURES, SYMPOSIUMS, SEMINARS

 

  • International Conference: “The Diaspora in the Scientific Research and the High Education of Romania – The Diaspora and Its Friends” / Workshop: “(I)mmigration and Imagination: Literatures, Cultures, Communities in Contact in the Era of Inter- and Trans-Disciplinarity”, The Government of Romania – The Executive Unit for the Financing of High Education, Research, Development and Innovation (EUFHERDI) / The Presidency of Romania / The Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research / The Western University, Timisoara, April, 26th-28th, 2016. Participant in the Round Table: “Reconfigurations, Rethinking of Contexts, Reevaluations: Literary and Cultural Studies in the Era of Inter- and Trans-Disciplinarity”.
  • International Symposium: “CommScie International Conference. Challenges for Sciences and Society in Digital Era” (II) (POSDRU/159/1.5/S/133652), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Iasi, December 4th-5th, 2015. Allocution entitled: “Hermeneutics and Historiography: Abrahamic Sacred Texts”.
  • International Symposium: “Explorations in the Romanian and European Biblical Tradition” (V), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi / Monumenta Linguae Dacoromanorum Center for Biblical-Philological Studies, and A. Philippide Institute for Romanian Philology, Iasi, November 12th-14th, 2015. Allocution entitled: “The Sacrificial Nature of the Hebrew Theocratic Ideal: the Revolt Against Rome (66-70 D.). A Commentary on Matthew, 24, 2; Mark, 13, 2; Luke, 21, 6”.
  • International Conference: “Common Vocabulary / Specialized Vocabulary. Intercultural and Linguistic Plurality in European Context” (VIII), University of the Lower Danube, Galati, May 28th-29th, 2015. Allocution entitled: “Intercultural and Linguistic Plurality in the History of Religions”.
  • International Conference: “Globalization, Intercultural Dialogue and National Identity” (II), Petru Maior University, and ALPHA Association for Culture, Multimedia and Democratic Education, Targu-Mures, June 11th-12th, 2015. Allocution entitled: “Hidden Sages, Invisible Saints, Anonymous Redemptors”.
  • International Symposium: “Sari Saltuk Baba. A Muslim Saint in Dobrudja” (IV), the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Romania, and the Community of the Muslim Turks of Romania, Babadag, September 5th, 2015. Allocution entitled: “Arabesques of Knowledge and Love. Historiographical Landmarks, Concepts and Symbols of Medieval Sufism”.
  • International Conference: “Communication, Context, Interdisciplinarity” (III), Petru Maior University, and ALPHA Association for Culture, Multimedia and Democratic Education, Targu-Mures, October 23rd-24th, 2014. Allocution (1) entitled: « Le symbolisme de la mort dans le judaïsme rabbinique » / “The Symbolism of Death in Rabbinical Judaism”. Allocution (2) entitled: « Sur la Route de la Soie, vers le Pays de la Lumière. L’histoire du manichéisme dans l’Empire Chinois » / “On the Silk Road, Towards the Land of Light. The History of Manichaeism in the Chinese Empire”.
  • International Conference: “Globalization, Intercultural Dialogue and National Identity” (I), Petru Maior University, and ALPHA Association for Culture, Multimedia and Democratic Education, Targu-Mures, May 29th-30th, 2014. Allocution entitled: “The Arabesques of Knowledge: Connections between Gnosticism and Sufism under the Abbasid Dynasty (750-1258)”.
  • International Symposium: “Explorations in the Romanian and European Biblical Tradition” (IV), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi / Monumenta Linguae Dacoromanorum Center for Biblical-Philological Studies, and A. Philippide Institute for Romanian Philology, Iasi, May 8th-10th, 2014. Allocution entitled: “I, He, Us: Voices in the Garden of Knowledge. A Commentary on Genesis, 2, 10-14”.
  • International Symposium: “Explorations in the Romanian and European Biblical Tradition” (III), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi / Monumenta Linguae Dacoromanorum Center for Biblical-Philological Studies, and A. Philippide Institute for Romanian Philology, Iasi, May 30th-June 1st, 2013. Allocution entitled: “A Commentary on Genesis, 17, 20 (Part II). The Re-writing of the Chromatic Code Which Highlights the Political History at the beginning of the Abbasid Dynasty in the Apocalypse of Sergius Bahīrā”.
  • International Conference: “The Diaspora in the Scientific Research and the High Education of Romania.” / Exploratory Workshop: “The Scientific Status of Romanian in Foreign Universities – A Catalyst of Romanian Linguistics and Literature”, The Government of Romania – The Executive Unit for the Financing of High Education, Research, Development and Innovation (EUFHERDI) / The Social European Fund POS DRU 2007-2013, Bucharest, September, 25th-26th, 2012. Key-speaker: “The Reason Why We Do Not Publish Enough Abroad? Publishing Standards Concerning Academic Journals and Publishing Houses. The Romanian School of Literary Translations”.
  • Post-Doctoral Workshop of the IHR,Institute for the History of Religions, Bucharest, Romania, February 28th, 2012. Allocution entitled: “NUQABĀ’. Political History, Sūfi Teachings and Apocalyptic Imagination at the Beginning of the Abbasid Dynasty”.
  • The Seminar of Professor Paolo Odorico (Littérature, représentations et société à Byzance), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, December 5th, 2011. Allocution entitled: “Sergius Bahīrā and the Connections between Christianity and Islam under the Abbasid Dynasty”.
  • Symposium: “Explorations in the Romanian and European Biblical Tradition” (II), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi / Monumenta Linguae Dacoromanorum Center for Biblical-Philological Studies, and A. Philippide Institute for Romanian Philology, Iasi, November 4th-6th, 2011. Allocution entitled: “A Commentary on Genesis, 17, 20. The Twelve Princes of the Sons of Ishmael and the Apocalypse of Sergius Bahīrā”.
  • International Colloquy: “Recent Studies on Past and Present: New Sources, New Methods or a New Public?” Organizers: Romanian Academy (Bucharest-Cluj-Iasi), Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), Federal Institute for the Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe (Oldenburg), Deutsche Denkmal Akademie (Frankfurt-am-Main-Romrod-Görlitz), Institute for the Study of the Problems of National Minorities (Cluj-Napoca), New Europe College (Bucharest), Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca). IVth Section – “Defining Continents”, Bucharest, September 25th-28th, 2011. Allocution entitled: “The Seal of Prophethood: Connections between Christianity and Islam under the Abbasid Dynasty”.
  • International Colloquy: “Eugeniu Coseriu – 90 years since his birth”, the Romanian Academy, A. Philippide Institute for Romanian Philology, and Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty for Philology, Iasi, July 27th-29th, 2011. Allocution entitled: “The Divine Language”.
  • Symposium: “Interdisciplinary Dialogue in the Academic Research”, University of the Lower Danube, Faculty for History, Philosophy and Theology, Galati, May 18th-20th, 2011. Allocution entitled: “The Khirbet Qumran Community’s Ritual Purification with Water”.
  • II Simposio Internacional Textos y Contextos: diálogos entre Historia, Literatura, Filosofía y Religión, Grupo de Investigación y Estudios Medievales (GIEM), Departamento de Historia, Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad Nacional del Mar del Plata (UNMdP) y Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones de las Culturas Antigua y Medieval (CEICAM), Departamento de Humanidades, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), Mar del Plata, Argentina, April 18th, 2011. Allocution entitled: “Conexiones entre Gnosticismo y Sufismo durante la dinastía Abasí (750-1258)”.
  • The 10th Post-Doctoral Workshop of the IHR, Institute for the History of Religions, Bucharest, Romania, April 5th, 2011. Allocution entitled: “Myth and Counter-History at the Crossroad of the Christian and Muslim Religious Spaces, under the Abbasid Dynasty (750-1258). The Legend of Sergius Bahīrā”.
  • International Colloquy: « L’écrire et l’écriture des écrivains d’expression française de l’Europe du Sud-Est », Spiru Haret University of Bucharest, and Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Bucharest, Romania, November 5th-6th, 2010. Allocution entitled: « La feuille du ciel. Symboles bibliques-talmudiques dans la poésie de Benjamin Fondane ».
  • Symposium: “Explorations in the Romanian and European Biblical Tradition” (I), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi / Monumenta Linguae Dacoromanorum Center for Biblical-Philological Studies, and A. Philippide Institute for Romanian Philology, Iasi, October 28th-29th, 2010. Allocution entitled: “Hermes Trismegistus in the Writings of the Church Fathers”.
  • Symposium: “B. Fundoianu – Fondane. Sixty-five years since his death”, University of Bucharest, Faculty for Philology, Tudor Vianu Interdisciplinary Center for Cultural European and Romanian Studies, Bucharest, October 7th, 2009. Allocution entitled: “Biblical and Talmudic Symbols in Benjamin Fondane’s Poetry”.
  • International Conference: “Benjamin Fondane and the Challenge of the Paradox. An Existential Hermeneutics”, Petru Maior University, Targu-Mures, September 17th-18th, 2009. Allocution entitled: “Benjamin Fondane – The Sheet of Heavens”.
  • International Conference: “The Romanian Identity in the Context of the European Identity”, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Center for Political Analysis, November 21st-23rd, 2008. Allocution entitled: “The Romanian Feeling of the Happy Disaster: Electoral Anarchism and Surrealism”.
  • The Seminar of Professor Sylvie-Anne Goldberg (Etudes juives et sciences sociales), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Jewish Studies, Paris, France, February 18th, 2008. Allocution entitled: “Gnostic Dualism – the Myth of Light and Darkness”.
  • The 10th Anniversary of the Romanian Association for the History of Religions (RAHR): “An Evening devoted to the History of Religions”, the Royal House of Romania, Elisabeta Palace, Bucharest, February 7th, 2008.
  • 4th Colloquy of the Romanian Association for Phenomenology: “Philosophy and Dualism”, University of Bucharest, Romania, Faculty for Philosophy, Center for Phenomenological Studies, Bucharest, October 25-27, 2007. Allocution entitled: “Gnostic Dualism. The Myth of Light and Darkness”.
  • International Symposium: « La Kabbale et la pensée des origines », University of Lyon III, The Centre for Research on the Circulation of Ideas, Lyon, France, April 20, 2007. Allocution entitled: « Le Symbolisme religieux des guides d’ânes dans le Zohar et la littérature Sufi médiévale ».
  • Symposium: “Open Gates”, Sergiu Al-George Institute for Oriental Studies, Bucharest, March 5, 2007. Allocution entitled: “The Concept of the Re-Writing of the Sacred Texts in the Abrahamic Religious Spaces: Re-Written Bible, Re-Written Gospel and Re-Written Qur’an”.
  • 1st International Conference of the Faculties for History from the Euro-Region of the Lower Danube: “Romanian-Ukrainian Historiographical Interferences”, University of the Lower Danube, Faculty for History and Philosophy, Galati, Romania, October 14-19, 2006. Allocution entitled: “Qumranism – Communism”.
  • 3rd Colloquy of the Romanian Association for Phenomenology: “Logos – Language – Speech”, University of Bucharest, Romania, Faculty for Philosophy, Center for Phenomenological Studies, Bucharest, September 25-27, 2006. Allocution entitled: “The Languages of Paradise: The Myth of the Creation through Tsimtsum and Vyahritis; Impersonal Absolute Infinite”.
  • 6th Congress of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) / Special Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Bucharest, September 18-23, 2006. Allocution entitled: “Men and Lights – The Symbol of the Light-Bearer in Greek, Buddhist and Muslim Sources”.
  • Summer School / Romanian Association for Religious Studies, Ipotesti, August 10-20, 2006. Allocution entitled: “The Language of the Birds in Medieval Sufi Sources”.
  • Conference: “The Gospel of Judas at the Crossroad of Science and Belief”, University Babes-Bolyai, Faculty for Philosophy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and University of the Lower Danube, Faculty for History and Philosophy, Galati, Romania, The Seminar for Interdisciplinary Research in Religions and Ideologies (SCIRI), Galati, May 10, 2006.
  • Conference: “Ways of Representing Paradise in the Abrahamic Religions”, University Babes-Bolyai, Faculty for Philosophy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and University of the Lower Danube, Faculty for History and Philosophy, Galati, Romania, The Seminar for Interdisciplinary Research in Religions and Ideologies (SCIRI), Galati, November 30, 2005.
  • International Symposium: “The Danube – River of the European Destiny”,Institute for Romanian-German Interdisciplinary Research, Hanns Seidel Foundation – Romania, World University Service – Romania, University of the Lower Danube, Faculty for History and Philosophy, Galati, Romania, October 27-28, 2005. Allocution entitled: “The Rôle of the Danube as a Limit in the Propagation of Bogomilism”.
  • International Conference: “Islam and Europe – Mixed or Separated”, The Council of Europe, Romanian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Bucharest, Romania, October 1-8, 2005. Workshop: “The Crusades”, October 3rd, 2005. Lecture entitled: “The Spiritual Significance of the Great Jihad (al-jihad al-akbar) and of the Futuwwah in the History of the Crusades”.
  • 2nd Colloquy of the Romanian Association for Phenomenology: “Memory and Temporality”, University of Bucharest, Romania, Faculty for Philosophy, Center for Phenomenological Studies, Bucharest, September 19-21, 2005. Allocution entitled: “Mnemotechnical and Narrative Strategies in the Abrahamic Religions: the Story of Moses”.
  • Summer School: “Tradition and Postmodernity”,Ramnicu-Valcea, Romania, August 14-21, 2005. Lecture entitled: “To Inhabit the Uninhabited: the Mountainous Space in the Buddhist Texts”.
  • Summer School: “Tradition and Postmodernity”,Ramnicu-Valcea, Romania, August 19-21, 2004. Programme financed by the European Community, “Education and Culture, Culture 2000”. Lecture entitled: “The Muslim Theology of Death”.
  • The Seminar of Professor Sylvie-Anne Goldberg (Anthropologie et histoire du monde achkénaze), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Jewish Studies, Paris, France, June 15th, 2004. Allocution entitled: “The Sufi Theology of Jalal-ud-din Rumi”.
  • Colloque international: « Bonnes et mauvaises moeurs dans les sociétés des Balkans »,New Europe College & Ecole Doctorale Regionale en Sciences Sociales, Bucarest, Roumanie, le 5-6 mars 2004. Allocution entitled: “In the Ninth Heaven – The Gnostic Background of the Romanian Folklore Tradition of the Heaven’s Custom Houses”.
  • International Symposium: “Political Power and Ideology. From the Tyrants of Antiquity to Contemporary Dictators”, University of the Lower Danube, the Faculty for History and Philosophy, Galati, Romania, October 3-4, 2003. Allocution entitled: “The little jihad and the great jihad”.
  • Summer School: “Tradition and Postmodernity”, Ramnicu-Valcea, Romania, August 11-24, 2003. Programme financed by the European Community, “Education and Culture, Culture 2000”. Lectures on the religious imagination and the representations of Paradise in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  • Summer School: “Tradition and Postmodernity”, Ramnicu-Valcea, Romania, August-September, 2002. Programme financed by the European Community, “Education and Culture, Culture 2000”. Lectures on Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  • Symposium: “Symbol, Communication, Media”, HAR (Habitat and Art in Romania) Foundation and the Village Museum of the Valcea County at Bujoreni, Ramnicu-Valcea, Romania, September 28-30, 2001. Allocution entitled: “The Rose of Divinity – the Divine Sun”.
  • 3rd World Congress of Poets for Poetry Research and Recitation, Iasi, Romania, July 21-24, 2001. Allocution entitled: “To Be a Stranger”.
  • International Conference: “Judaism in the European Civilization: 2000 Years of Interferences”, University of Bucharest, Faculty for Philology, Goldstein Goren Center for Jewish and Hebrew Studies, Bucharest, Romania, April 22-23, 2001. Allocution entitled: “The Oneirocritical Alphabet”.
  • Symposium: The Jubilee Symposium of the Saint Theresa Institute for Roman-Catholic Theology, Bucharest, Romania, November 24-25, 2000. Allocution entitled: “Re-written Bible, re-written Gospel and re-written Qur’an in the Mathnawi of Jalal-ud-din Rumi: the Story of Moses”.
  • Relink Symposium: “Young Romanian Writers between ‘Death’ and ‘the Pendulum’ (Jorge Luis Borges)”, New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania, March 18, 1999.
  • Symposium: “The Island – About Isolation and Limits in the Imaginary Space”, University of Bucharest, Center for the History of Imagination & New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania, March 19-20, 1999. Allocution entitled: “Ibn Tufayl, Ibn Al-‘Arabi, Ibn ‘Abbad – The Island as the topos of Self-Fulfilment”.
  • Relink Conference: “The Hermeneutics of the Old Testament. 1 Enoch, 2 Enoch, Hyperion – The Biblical Myth of the Fallen Angels”, Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty for Philology, Cluj-Napoca & New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania, in Cluj-Napoca, November 11, 1997.
  • Relink Seminar / Relink Lectures: “Sacrifice and Theocracy”, New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania, January-May, 1997.

 

 

PRIZES

 

  • The Prize for Religious Studies awarded by Clouds Literary Magazine (www.cloudsmagazine.com), New York, March 2003.
  • The Prize for Essay awarded by the Cultural Inspectorate of Calarasi County, Romania, for the volume entitled Sfinti ascunsi. Calauzitori de magari / Hidden Saints. Donkey-drivers, Calarasi, December 1999.
  • The “Totem” Prize awarded for the manuscript entitled Pelerinajul senzual / The Sensual Pilgrimage by Nemira Publishing House and the Association of the Romanian Professional Writers (ASPRO), Nemira Literary Contest, Bucharest, 1998.
  • The 1st Prize for Essay awarded by Amphitheatre Cultural Magazine, Bucharest, October 1988.
  • The Prize for Fiction awarded by the Students’ Festival for Art and Creation (the Section for Literature and Mass-Media), Bucharest, 1987.
  • The 2nd Prize for Fiction awarded by the Literary Guest-Chamber “The Prose Matinée” at the “Mihail Sadoveanu” Museum in Iasi, Romania, 1985.

 

 

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

 

BOOKS

 

AS A SINGLE AUTHOR

 

  • Arabesques littéraires. L’Empire Arabe et l’Empire Chinois en 750 / Literary Arabesques. The Arab Empire and the Chinese Empire in 750 (treatise on the history of religions), Paris, Éditions Honoré Champion, 2016 (ISBN 978-2-7453-2953-0)
  • Povestea ceaiului verde / The Story of Green Tea (three novels), Bucharest, eLiteratura Publishing House, 2015 (ISBN 978-606-700-516-5)
  • Despre sfinţi şi asini / About Saints and Mules (essays on the history of religions), Bucharest, Paideia Publishing House, 2013 (ISBN 978-973-596-895-3)
  • Lógos: Time and Text. A Study in Human and Divine Rhetorics (studies on the history of religions), Bucharest, eLiteratura Publishing House, 2013 (ISBN 978-6-0684-5290-6)
  • Langage divin et non-absolutisme. Discours et espaces religieux en Orient et en Occident / Divine Language and Non-Absolutism. Religious Discourses and Spaces in the East and the West (treatise on the history of religions), Paris, Éditions Classiques Garnier, 2011 (ISBN 978-2-8124-0199-2)
  • Eseuri despre iubire si divinitate / Essays on Love and Divinity (essays on the history of religions), Bucharest, Paideia Publishing House, 2008 (ISBN 978-973-596-456-6)
  • L‘Imaginaire religieux au carrefour des espaces sacrés / The Religious Imagination at the Crossroad of the Sacred Spaces (treatise on the history of religions), Paris, Éditions Honoré Champion, 2007 (ISBN 978-2-7453-1522-9)
  • Cercul apropierii, cercul îndepartarii / The Circle of Closeness, the Circle of Remoteness (essays), Bucharest, Paralela 45 Publishing House, 2004 (ISBN 973-697-187-2)
  • Cartea de cristal / The Book of Crystal (novel), Bucharest, Paideia Publishing House, 2002 (ISBN 973-596-070-2)
  • Sarutul divin / The Divine Kiss (essays), Cluj-Napoca, Dacia Publishing House, 2001 (ISBN 973-35-1158-7)
  • Pelerinajul senzual / The Sensual Pilgrimage (essays), Bucharest, Paideia Publishing House, 2001 (ISBN 973-8064-70-8)
  • Sacrificiu si Teocratie / Sacrifice and Theocracy (essay), Iasi, Fides Publishing House, 1997 (ISBN 973-97969-6-6)
  • Stylit (novelettes), Iasi, European Institute Publishing House, 1993 (ISBN 973-9148-22-0)

 

 

STUDIES IN COLLECTIVE VOLUMES

 

  • “The Patristic Theology of Types and Anti-Types in the Writings of the Cappadocian Fathers”, in: Polychronion, Galati – Braila, Publishing House of the Archbishopric of the Lower Danube – Istros Publishing House, 2016, p. 525-529 (ISBN 978-606-654-173-2; ISBN 978-973-1865-84-3)
  • « Confucius et la licorne. La voie du monarque non-couronné» (“Confucius and the Unicorn. The Way of the Non-Crowned Monarch”), in: Olivia Cattedra (), Mito e Historia III. El Umbral del espacio: peregrinos, santos y templos, Mar del Plata, Ediciones Universidad Fasta, 2015, p. 201-226 (ISBN 978-987-1312-74-0)
  • “Hidden Sages, Invisible Saints, Anonymous Redemptors”, in: Iulian Boldea (ed.), Debates on Globalization. Approaching National Identity Through Intercultural Dialogue / History and Cultural Mentalities, Târgu-Mures, The Alpha Institute for Multicultural Studies & Arhipelag XXI Press, 2015, p. 106-115 (10 pagini) (ISBN 987-606-93692-5-8) (ISI Web of Knowledge)
  • « Le symbolisme de la mort dans le judaïsme rabbinique » / “The Symbolism of Death in Rabbinical Judaism”, in: Iulian Boldea (ed.), Communication, Context and Interdisciplinarity (III) / History, Targu-Mures, The Alpha Institute for Multicultural Studies & Petru Maior University Press, 2014, p. 230-242 (ISSN 2069-3389) (ISI Web of Knowledge)
  • « Sur la Route de la Soie, vers le Pays de la Lumière. L’histoire du manichéisme dans l’Empire Chinois » / “On the Silk Road, Towards the Land of Light. The History of Manichaeism in the Chinese Empire”, in: Iulian Boldea (ed.), Communication, Context and Interdisciplinarity (III) / History, Targu-Mures, The Alpha Institute for Multicultural Studies & Petru Maior University Press, 2014, p. 118-126 (ISSN 2069-3389) (ISI Web of Knowledge)
  • “A Commentary on Genesis, 17, 20 (Second Part). The Re-writing of the Chromatic Code which Expresses the Political History at the Beginning of the Dynasty of the Abbasids, According to the Apocalypse of Sergius Bahīrā”, in: Eugen Munteanu, Iosif Camară, Sabina-Nicoleta Rotenştein (), The Understanding of the Holy Scripture: Between Philology, Hermeneutics and Science of Translation (Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium “Exploring the Romanian and European Biblical Tradition”, Iaşi, May 30th – June 1st, 2013), Iaşi, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Press, 2014, p. 249-270 (ISSN 2285-5580)
  • “The Arabesques of Knowledge: Connections between Gnosticism and Sufism under the Abbasid Dynasty (750-1258)”, in: Iulian Boldea (ed.), Globalization and Intercultural Dialogue: Multidisciplinary Perspectives / History, Targu-Mures, Arhipelag XXI Press, 2014, p. 286-306 (ISBN 978-606-93691-3-5) (ISI Web of Knowledge)
  • « Nuqabā’. Histoire politique, enseignements |ūfī et imaginaire apocalyptique au début de la dynastie des Abbassides » (“Nuqabā’. Political History, |ūfī Teachings and Apocalyptic Imagination at the Beginning of the Dynasty of the Abbasids”), in: Olivia Cattedra (), Mito e Historia II. El Umbral de la Eternidad, Mar del Plata, Ediciones Suárez, 2013, p. 231-267 (ISBN 978-987-1732-98-2)
  • “Tinieblas cátaras, luces sefiróticas: albigenses y cabalistas en Languedoc (siglos XII-XIII)” (“Catharist Darkness, Sephirotic Light. Albigensians and Kabbalists in Languedoc (XIIth – XIIIth centuries)”), in: Gerardo Rodríguez (), Textos y contextos (II). Exégesis y hermenéutica de obras tardoantiguas y medievales, Mar del Plata, Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (EUDEM), 2012, p. 57-85, p. 383-404 (ISBN 978-987-1921-03-4)
  • “A Commentary on Genesis, 17, 20. The Twelve Princes of the Sons of Ishmael and the Apocalypse of Sergius Bahīrā”, in: Eugen Munteanu, Ana-Maria Gînsac, Maria Moruz (), The Understanding of the Holy Scripture: Between Philology, Hermeneutics and Science of Translation (Proceedings of the 2nd Symposium “Exploring the Romanian and European Biblical Tradition”, Iaşi, November 4-5, 2011), Iaşi, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Press, 2012, p. 245-264 (ISSN 2285-5580)
  • “Dualismo Gnóstico: el mito de la luz y la oscuridad” (“Gnostic Dualism: The Myth of Light and Darkness”), in: Olivia Cattedra (), Mito e Historia I. El Umbral del Tiempo, Mar del Plata, Ediciones Suárez, 2011, p. 203-231 (ISBN 978-987-1620-52-4)
  • Hermes Trismegistus and the Sūfi Theology of the Basra School”, in: Eugen Munteanu (), The Understanding of the Holy Scripture between Philology, Hermeneutics and Science of Translation (Proceedings of the 1st Symposium “Exploring the Romanian and European Biblical Tradition”, Iaşi, October 28-29, 2010), Iaşi, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Press, 2011, p. 279-294 (ISBN 978-973-640-659-1)
  • “The Sheet of Heavens. Biblical-Talmudic Symbols in the Poetry of Benjamin Fondane”, in: Dorin Ştefănescu (), Benjamin Fondane et l’épreuve du paradoxe. Pour une herméneutique existentielle (Benjamin Fondane and the Challenge of the Paradox. An Existential Hermeneutics), Cluj-Napoca, Eikon, 2010, p. 220-231 (ISBN 978-973-757-365-0)
  • “El Carro y el Destino. Comentario al Platón, Fedro, 246a – 254b y a la Katha Upanishad, I, 3. 3-9” (“The Chariot and the Destiny. A Commentary on Plato, Phedrus, 246a – 254b and Katha Upanishad, I, 3. 3-9”), in: Olivia Cattedra (), El Carro. Imágenes y simbolos en Oriente y Occidente (The Chariot. Images and Symbols in the East and the West), Mar del Plata, Ediciones Suárez, 2009, p. 113-132 (ISBN 978-987-1314-85-0)
  • “Gnostic Dualism. The Myth of Light and Darkness”, in: Leo Stan and Vlad Puescu (), Philosophy and Dualism, Casa Lovinescu Colloquia (The Acts of the 4th Colloquy of the Romanian Association for Phenomenology, “Philosophy and Dualism”, Bucharest, Casa Lovinescu, October 25-27, 2007), Bucharest, Zeta Books, 2009, p. 85-116 (ISBN 978-973-1997-12-4)
  • “The Romanian Feeling of the Happy Disaster: Electoral Anarchism and Surrealism”, in: Vasile Boari, Stefan Borbely, Radu Murea (), The Romanian Identity in the Context of the European Identity, Cluj-Napoca, Risoprint, 2009 (ISBN 978-973-53-0141-5)
  • « Réécriture de la Torah, de l’Evangile et du Qur’an: l’Apocalypse de Pierre », in: Corina Badelita, Cristian Alexandru Damian şi Monica Joita (), Annuario dell’Istituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica, nr. X-XI / 2008-2009, Venezia, Istituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica (ISSN 1454-6620)
  • “The Language of the Birds: Crossing Over the Sky of Power”, in: Mihail Neamtu, Bogdan Tataru-Cazaban (), In Honorem Andrei Plesu. A Philosophy of the Interval, Bucharest, Humanitas, 2009 (ISBN 978-973-50-2421-5)
  • “God’s Ways are Unpredictable”, in: Alexandra Badicioiu (), 5000 Signs of the Future, Bucharest, The Daily Newspaper / Realitatea – Catavencu Group, 2008, p. 47-48
  • “The Languages of Paradise: Possible and Impossible Openings between the Semitic Religious Space and the Indian Religious Space (Hinduist, Buddhist)”, in: Andreea Parapuf (), Logos, Speech, Language, Casa Lovinescu Colloquia (The Acts of the 3rd Colloquy of the Romanian Association for Phenomenology, “Logos, Speech, Language”, Bucharest, Casa Lovinescu, September 25-27, 2006), Bucharest, Zeta Books, 2007, p. 67-96 (ISBN 978-973-87980-7-6)
  • “Mnemotechnical-Narrative Strategies in the Abrahamic Religions: The Story of Moses”, in: Marilena Vlad, Adrian Sandu (), The Philosophers’ Memory from Plato to Derrida, Casa Lovinescu Colloquia (The Acts of the 2nd Colloquy of the Romanian Association for Phenomenology, “Memory and Temporality”, Bucharest, Casa Lovinescu, September 19-21, 2005), Bucharest, Zeta Books, 2007 (ISBN 978-973-87980-7-6)
  • “Le baiser divin. Images de la mort dans les midrashim homélitiques (Rabba Lévitique) et les aggadoth du Talmud de Babylone. La thanatologie des tannaim et amoraim (Ier siècle – Veme siècle è. c.)”, in: Silviu Sanie, Dumitru Vitcu (), Studia et acta historiae iudaeorum romaniae, vol. IX, Bucharest, Hasefer Publishing House, 2005 (ISBN 1224-8789)
  • “Rumi: The Real Space. The City of the Pilgrims. The Night of Power”, in: Augustin Ioan (), Lost in Space, Relink Series, Bucharest, New Europe College, 2003 (ISBN 973-98624-6-1)
  • “Requiem for a Feather”, “Dialogue in the Jade Pavilion”, in: A. Johnson, Zakalin Nezic (), Voices from the Faultline: A Balkan Anthology, Hampton, Virginia, USA, ZayuPress, 2002 (ISBN 0-9707059-2-1)
  • “To Be A Stranger”, in: Anthology of the 3rd World Congress of Poets for Poetry Research and Recitation (July 21-24, 2001), Iasi, Romania
  • “A Wallachian Reading of the Akkadian Dialogue between the Date Palm and the Tamarisk”, “The Forty-Sixth Part of a True Prophecy”, in: Stefan Borbely (), The External Experience, Iasi, European Institute Publishing House, 2001 (ISBN 973-611-142-3)
  • “Ibn Tufayl, Ibn Al-‘Arabi, Ibn ‘Abbad – The Island as the Topos of Self-Revelation”, in: Lucian Boia, Anca Oroveanu, Simona Corlan-Ioan (), The Island. About Seclusion and Limits in the Realm of Imagination, Relink Series, Bucharest, New Europe College, 1999 (ISBN 973-98624-3-8)
  • “Requiem for a Feather”, in: Dan-Silviu Boerescu (), The Black Sea Beach (An Anthology of the Best Romanian Novelettes published in 1998), Bucharest, Allfa Publishing House, 1999 (ISBN 973-9477-04-6)
  • “Identité et altérité dans la fiction archaique roumaine: le palais de la jeunesse sans vieillesse et de la vie sans mort, le Sûtra de Maitrakanyaka et la littérature de type Heikhalot”, in: Alexandru Zub (), Identity and Otherness in the Romanian Cultural Environment, Iasi, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Press, 1996 (ISBN 973-9149-87-1)
  • “The Timeless Death and Life of the Donkeydrivers”, in: Liviu Vanau (), Fragmentarium: Judaica-Christiana-Islamica, Târgu-Mures, Pro Europa Publishing House, 1995
  • “Hidden Sages, Invisible Saints, Anonymous Redemptors”, in: Gabriel Badarau, Leonid Boicu, Lucian Nastasa (), History as a Reading of the World, Iasi, The Alexandru D. Xenopol Academic Foundation Library, No. I, 1994, p. 671-679
  • Foreword: “Saint-Yves, Ossendowski, Guénon – The Spells of the Unaccomplished Revelation”, in: Ferdinand Ossendowski, Animals, People and Gods, Iasi, European Institute Publishing House, 1994 (ISBN 973-9148-41-7)
  • Foreword: “Milinda-Panha – Redemption through the Grace of the Sapiential Dialogue”, in: Milinda-Panha – The Questions of King Milinda, Iasi, European Institute Publishing House, 1993 (ISBN 973-9148-27-1)
  • Translation French-Romanian: Henri Bergson, Le rire / Teoria rîsului, Iasi, European Institute Publishing House, 1992 (ISBN 973-95671-2-6)
  • Translation French-Romanian: Henri Bergson, Le rire / Teoria rîsului, Iasi, Polirom Publishing House, 2013 (ISBN 978-973-46-4094-2)

 

 

ESSAYS, ARTICLES, SHORT STORIES

 

  • “The Existence Regarded as Succession“, in: Literary Conversations, 1 / January 1984, Iasi
  • “The Story of the Good Tuck“, in: Literary Conversations, 12 / December 1985, Iasi
  • “The Always Running Man“, in: Literary Conversations, 5 / May 1987, Iasi
  • “No Story At All“, in: Dialogue, 120 / November 1987, Iasi
  • “Scott Fitzgerald – The Jazz Epoch‘s Story-Teller“, in: The Students‘ Opinion, 7-8 / 1985, Iasi
  • “The Day Before the End of the World“, in: The Students‘ Opinion, 3-4 / 1986, Iasi
  • “A Paraphrase to the Initial Warning“, in: The Students‘ Opinion, 1 / 1986, Iasi
  • “If, After All, the Instincts Do Lie Us“, in: The Students‘ Opinion, 5-6 / 1986, Iasi
  • “The Best of Pen‘s Grandsons“, in: The Students‘ Opinion, 2 / 1987, Iasi
  • “The Dragon Fly“, in: The Students‘ Opinion, 6-7 / 1987, Iasi
  • “Square Gulag“, in: The Students‘ Opinion, 1 / December 1989, Iasi
  • “History Repeats Itself“, in: The Time, 2 / January 1990, Iasi
  • “Communism Against Nature“, in: The Time, 3 / January 1990, Iasi
  • “On the Altar the Blood Must Not Dry Up“, in: The Time, 4 / February 1990, Iasi
  • “The Century‘s Anguish“, in: The Time, 6 / February 1990, Iasi
  • “Beyrouth – Michel Aoun, the Powerless Rebel“, in: The Time, 7 / February 1990, Iasi
  • “Lost Generation“, in: The Time, 17 / May 1990, Iasi
  • “Requiem for the Transition Period“, in: The Time, 25-26 / July 1990, Iasi
  • “Premeditated Suppositions“, in: The Time, 32 / September 1990, Iasi
  • “The Egyptian Style“, in: The Time, 33 / September 1990, Iasi
  • “The Gulf War – A Confrontation Between U. S. A. & U. S. A.“, in: Literary Conversations, 32-33 / October 1990, Iasi
  • “Waiting for the Teacher. Forsaking the Teacher“, in: Literary Conversations, 34 / October 1990, Iasi
  • “The Limit of Books“, in: Literary Conversations, 35 / October 1990, Iasi
  • “A Higher Frequency of Death“, in: Literary Conversations, 26 / September-October 1991, Iasi
  • “Happy in the Panopticon“, in: Literary Conversations, 20 / June 1991, Iasi
  • “The Nazirite“, in: Agora, 2 / 1991, The Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • “The Lines“, in: Agora, 3 / 1991, The Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • “The Avatars of Ochlocracy“, in: Agora, 4 / 1991, The Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • “Romania – The Irrepressible Growth of Evil“, in: Agora, 4 / 1992, The Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • “Nude“, in: Agora, 3 / 1992, The Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • “The Homoeopathic Syllogism“, in: Literary Dacia, 1 / 1990, Iasi
  • “The Sacrifice of the Tragic Fiction-Non-Fiction“, in: Literary Dacia, 1-2 / 1992, Iasi
  • “Stéphane Lupasco – the Trialectical Dogma“, in: Literary Dacia, 1-2 / 1991, Iasi
  • “Mystical Connexions between Sufism and Kabbalah in Muslim Spain“, in: Equidistances, 11-12 / 1993, Iasi
  • “Identity and Otherness in the Romanian Archaic Fiction: the Palace of Youthfulness without Elderness and Life without Death, the Sûtra of Maitrakanyaka and the Heikhalot Literature“, in: The Contemporary, 37 / 1994, Bucharest
  • “Biblical Textual Continuity and Temporal-Historical Continuity“, in: The Contemporary, 39 / 1994, Bucharest
  • “Historical Time – Sacred Time or Profane Time?“, in: The Contemporary, 45 / 1994, Bucharest
  • “Swedenborg – A Pleading for the Apocalypse that Occured in 1757“, in: Equidistances, 8-9 / 1994, Iasi
  • “The „Palestinian“ Character of the Romanian Ethnic Vocation“, in: Equidistances, 5-6 / 1995, Iasi
  • “The Bible as Textual Revelation of the Word of God“, in: Equidistances, 7-8 / 1995, Iasi
  • “Fundamentalism and Freedom“, in: The Free Romania, 1600 / July 1, 1995, Bucharest
  • “John the Baptist – Possible Connexions Between the Forerunner and the Khirbet Qumran Community of Essenes“, in: The Free Romania, 1654 / September 2, 1995, Bucharest
  • “Labor matutinus“, in: The Time, 10 / October 1995, Iasi
  • “Old Children – Young Literature of the 90‘s“, in: Equinox, 6-7-8-9 / 1995, Cluj
  • “The Timeless Death and Life of the Donkeydrivers“, in: The Romanian Review of Theology, volume I / 1, 1995, Fandus Publishing House, Targu-Mures
  • “Heretical Ideas about the Divine Logos during the 1st Millenium AD“, in: The Contemporary, 46 / 1994, Bucharest
  • “Non-Christian Philosophical Origins of the Logos Concept“, in: The Contemporary, 47-52 / 1994, 1-5 / 1995, Bucharest
  • “The Post-Modern Potlatch – Paschal Lamb or Trojan Horse?“, in: Xenopoliana, 1-2 / 1995, „A. D. Xenopol“ Institute of History, Iasi
  • “Divine Rhetoric – Divine Narratology“, in: Equidistances, 10-11 / 1995, Iasi
  • “The Canonical Doctrine about the Divine Logos“, in: The Contemporary, 13-17 / 1995, Bucharest
  • Review on Études, 1993-1994, in: The Annals of the A. D. Xenopol Institute for History, XXXII / 1995, Romanian Academy Press, Iasi
  • 1st Enoch, 2nd Enoch, Hyperion – the Biblical Myth of the Fallen Angels“, in: The Contemporary, 14 / 1996, Bucharest
  • “Blissful Beauty and Ascetical Athleticism“, in: The Free Romania, 1974 / September 21, 1996, Bucharest
  • “Deliverance from Fear“, in: The Free Romania, 1992 / October 12, 1996, Bucharest
  • “About Choosing ‘strong men‘ (Exodus, 17, 9)“, in: The Free Romania, 2020 / November 9, 1996, Bucharest
  • “Neo-Bonjourism and Leftish-osaurus – A Wallachian Exegesis of the Akkadian Dialogue between the Date Palm and the Tamarisk“, in: The Contemporary, 36 / 1996, Bucharest
  • “Monks and Senators, Rhetoricians and Zealots – A Brief Exposition Concerning the Coexistence and Incompatibility of the Sacred and Profane Elites“, in: Xenopoliana, 1-4 / 1996, “A. D. Xenopol“ Institute for History, Iasi
  • “A Dervish on Broadway“, in: The Hearth, 11-12 / 1996, Târgu-Mures
  • “The Sacrificial Nature of the Hebrew Theocratic Ideal – Zealots and Israel during the Roman-Jewish War (66-70 CE)“, in: The Contemporary, 8 / 1997, Bucharest
  • “Christian Sacrifice – The Liturgical Truth Contained in the New Testament“, in: The Contemporary, 23-31 / 1997, Bucharest
  • “The Christian Theology of Sacrifice“, in: The Contemporary, 45 / 1997, Bucharest
  • “Dialogue in the Jade Pavilion“, in: The Literary Romania, 13 / April 2-8, 1997, Bucharest
  • “Between Ethnocentrism and Chaos: the Isonomical City, Sacrificially Founded“, in: Xenopoliana, V, 1997, 1-4, The A. D. Xenopol Academic Foundation, Iasi
  • “Men and Fruits“, in: The Day, 850 / April 5, 1997, Bucharest
  • “The Man Without An Escopeta (I)“, in: Literary Conversations, August 1997, Iasi
  • “The Story Which Cannot Be Told“, in: Equinox, 4-5-6 / 1997, Cluj
  • “Hallâj and the Good God“, in: Equinox, 7-8-9 / 1997, Cluj
  • “Cyan in the Heart of the Fire“, in: The Time, 1 / January 1998, Iasi
  • “The Forty-Sixth Part of a True Prophecy“, in: Equinox, 4-5-6 / 1998, Cluj
  • “Courteous Asceticals“, in: The Hearth, 11 / 1998, Târgu-Mures
  • “Sacrifice and Theocracy“, in: Antares, 9-10-11-12 / December 1998 – March 1999, Galati
  • “Requiem For A ‘Feather‘“, in: Literary Conversations, December 1998, Iasi
  • “The Sensual Pilgrimage“, in: Art Panorama, 12 / 1998, Bucharest
  • “The World In The Shape of An ‘O‘“, in: Art Panorama, 13 / 1998, Bucharest
  • “The Man Without An Escopeta (II)“, in: Equinox, 7-8-9 / 1998, Cluj
  • “The Created World as A Mounting Dame“, in: Art Panorama, 18 / 1999, Bucharest
  • ha-moreh li-tsedakah, in: Equinox, 7-8-9 / 1999, Cluj
  • “The Magic Carpet“, in: The Hearth, 10 / 1999, Târgu-Mures
  • “René Girard and the Labyrinth of Scapegoating“, in: Xenopoliana, VII, 1999, 3-4, The A. D. Xenopol Academic Foundation, Iasi
  • “The Dreams of the Awakened Man (a short commentary on Fides et ratio, the enciclical letter of Pope John Paul II)“, in: The Hearth, 4 / 2000, Târgu-Mures
  • serekh ha-maleakiim or The Angelic Rule (11QMal), in: Equinox, 1-2-3 / 2000, Cluj
  • “The Foot Bridge, As Long As One Likes“, in: Equinox, 4-5-6 / 2000, Cluj
  • “The City of the Pilgrims“, in: Equinox, 7-8-9 / 2000, Cluj
  • “About Hebrewness. About ‘Hebrewness‘“, in: The Hearth, 10-11 / 2000, Târgu-Mures
  • “Re-written Bible, Re-written Gospel and Re-written Qur‘an in the Mathnawi of Jalal-ud-din Rumi: the Story of Moses“, in: The Word, 1 / 2001, Bucharest
  • “The Book of Crystal“, in: The Time, 1-3 / 2001, Iasi
  • “About Men and Lights“, in: The Dilemma, 428 / 2001, Bucharest
  • “The Divine Kiss. Images of Death in the Aggadoth of the Babylonian Talmud“, in: The Word, 6 / 2001, Bucharest
  • “The Oneirocritical Alphabet“, in: Studia Hebraica, 1 / 2001, Bucharest, University of Bucharest, Goldstein Goren Centre for Jewish Studies, pp 33-35
  • “Images That Symbolize God in the Classical Sufi Literature“, in: The Writing Books of Equinox, volume 2 / 2001, Babeş-Bolyai University, The Center for the Study of Imagination, Cluj-Napoca, Dacia Publishing House, pp 125-132
  • “Re-written Bible, Re-written Gospel and Re-written Qur‘an in the Mathnawi of Jalal-ud-din Rumi: the Story of Moses“, in: The Writing Books of the “Saint Theresa“ Catholic Institute of Bucharest, 2 (3) / 2001, Bucharest
  • “Rose of Divinity, Divine Sun“, in: Symbol, Communication, Media, 4 / 2001, HAR Foundation, Programme for the Study of Tradition and Post-Modernity, Bucharest and Râmnicu-Vâlcea
  • “To Be a Stranger“, in: The Dilemma, 471 / 2002, Bucharest
  • “The Pigeon in the Subway“, in: Literary Romania, 12 / 2002, Bucharest
  • “The Yellow Dame‘s Train”, in: The Hearth, 5-6 / 2002, Târgu-Mures
  • “Hasidism as Spiritual Love and Story-Telling“, in: Studia Hebraica, 2 / 2002, Bucharest, University of Bucharest, Goldstein Goren Centre for Jewish Studies, pp 342-347
  • “Metaphors of Death in the Aggadoth of the Babylonian Talmud; The Caves of Khirbet Qumran as Religious Spaces. ha-moreh li-tsedakah; Images That Symbolize God in the Classical Sufi Literature”, in: Sanctification and Inhabitation, 5-6 / 2002, HAR Foundation, Programme for the Study of Tradition and Post-Modernity, Bucharest and Râmnicu-Vâlcea
  • “In the Ninth Heaven (I)”, in: The Dilemma, 515 / 2003, Bucharest
  • “In the Ninth Heaven (II)”, in: The Dilemma, 525 / 2003, Bucharest
  • “The Island of Juan Pablo Severin. The Pigeon in the Subway”, in: The Hearth, 2-3 / 2003, Târgu-Mures
  • “The Metanoia of the Lotus Flowers”, in: The Word, 4 (310) / April 2003, Bucharest
  • “Imagery of Paradise: The Garden Surrounded by Walls”, in: The Dilemma, 537 / 2003, Bucharest
  • “I, He, Us: Voices in the Garden of Knowledge”, in: The Dilemma, 539 / 2003, Bucharest
  • “I, He, Us: Voices in the Garden of Knowledge; The Imagery of Water and the Imagery of Womanhood; The Metanoia of the Lotus Flowers”, in: Tradition and Cultural Memory, 7-8 / 2003, HAR Foundation, Programme for the Study of Tradition and Post-Modernity, Bucharest and Râmnicu-Vâlcea
  • “In the Ninth Heaven”, in: Southeastern Europe. Editors: Codrin Liviu Cutitaru & Charles Schlacks, Idyllwild (California), USA, Charles Schlacks, vol. 30 / 2003, pp 131-147 (ISSN 0094-4467)
  • “Qumranism – Communism”, in: Southeastern Europe. Editors: Codrin Liviu Cutitaru & Charles Schlacks, Idyllwild (California), USA, Charles Schlacks, vol. 30 / 2003, pp 147-157 (ISSN 0094-4467)
  • “The Ritual Censorship. The Ancient Indian Sacrificial Establishment – The Evidence Provided by Srautakosa”, in: The Writing Books of Equinox, volume 4 / 2003, Babeş-Bolyai University, The Center for the Study of Imagination, Cluj-Napoca, Dacia Publishing House, pp 109-113
  • “The Image of the Stranger in the Writings of Plato, Saadi, Ibn Bajja, Suhrawardi”, in: Studia Historica. The Annals of the University of the Lower Danube – History, Fascicula 19, tom III / 2004, Galati, University of the Lower Danube, p. 181-187
  • “The Last Summer of the Chinese Rose. A Free Man”, in: The Hearth, 3-4 / 2004, Târgu-Mures
  • “Qumranism – Communism”, in: Equinox, 3-6 / 2004, Cluj-Napoca
  • “Parallel Narratives in the Torah, the New Testament and Tripitaka: the Impossible Exchange of the Religious Messages”, in: Equinox, 7-10 / 2004, Cluj
  • “On Death in Islam”, in: The Old Dilemma, 37 / 2004, Bucharest
  • “Smart People Never Vote”, in: The Old Dilemma, 45 / 2004, Bucharest
  • “A Trip to the Mountains”, in: The Old Dilemma, 53 / 2005, Bucharest
  • “A Recollection of the Beginning”, in: The Old Dilemma, 61 / 2005, Bucharest
  • “Majnun and Layla, Don Quixote and Dulcinea: the Extraordinary Feats of the Madmen in Love”, in: The Old Dilemma, 80 / 2005, Bucharest
  • “If the Politicians Would Read Ibn ‘Abbad…”, in: The Old Dilemma, 98 / 2005, Bucharest
  • “The Language of Life”, in: Studia Historica. The Annals of the University of the Lower Danube – History, Seria 19, tom IV / 2005, Galati, University of the Lower Danube, p. 313-319
  • “To Inhabit the Uninhabited: the Mountainous Space in the Buddhist Texts”, in: Place and Dwelling, 10-11 / 2005, HAR Foundation, Programme for the Study of Tradition and Post-Modernity, Bucharest and Râmnicu-Vâlcea
  • “The Language of the Birds”, in: The Old Dilemma, 103 / 2006, Bucharest
  • “Ravens and Sea Gulls (I). Ravens and Sea Gulls (II)”, in: The Hearth, 5 / 2006, Târgu-Mures
  • “On Students and Erinys”, in: The Truth, 4968 / June 28th, 2006, Bucharest
  • “Infinite. Impersonal. Absolute“, in: The Old Dilemma, 128 / 2006, Bucharest
  • “The Horses (I)”, in: The Old Dilemma, 134 / 2006, Bucharest
  • “The Horses (II)”, in: The Old Dilemma, 135 / 2006, Bucharest
  • “The Elephant‘s Ikebana”, in: The Truth, 5058 / October 11th, 2006, Bucharest
  • “L‘Imaginaire thanatologique dans l‘islam primitif et le soufisme médiéval”, in: Archaeus, X / 2006, p. 167-199, Bucharest, Center for the History of Religions, University of Bucharest
  • “The Infinite of Each and Every Soul”, in: The Old Dilemma, 155 / 2007, Bucharest
  • “Mircea Eliade and the Mystery of Emperor Anisie“, in: The Truth, XVIth Year, No. 862 / March 14th, 2007, Bucharest
  • “The Infinite Divine and the Finite Writer: A Wonderful Recollection of the Eden Myth”, in: The Discobolus, 109-110-111 / January – February – March 2007, p. 135-136, Alba-Iulia
  • “The Diurnal Sun, the Nocturnal Sun (I)”, in: The Old Dilemma, 174 / 2007, Bucharest
  • “The Diurnal Sun, the Nocturnal Sun (II)”, in: The Old Dilemma, 175 / 2007, Bucharest
  • “The Multiple Identities of the Messiah in the Abrahamic Religious Realms” (in French), in: The Writing Books of Equinox, volume 12 / 2007, Babeş-Bolyai University, The Center for the Study of Imagination, Cluj-Napoca, Dacia Publishing House, p. 194-199
  • “The Myth of Light and Darkness”, in: The Old Dilemma, 190 / 2007, Bucharest
  • “The Language of the Birds”, in: The Annals of the University of the Lower Danube – History, Fasciculul 19, tom VI / 2007, Galati, University of the Lower Danube, p. 249-252
  • “Gnostic Dualism – The Great Myth of Light and Darkness”, in: The Annals of the Sergiu Al-George Institute for Oriental Studies, Bucharest, Sergiu Al-George Institute for Oriental Studies, vol. XII-XVI, 2003-2007, p. 13-39
  • “God’s Ways are Unpredictable”, in: The Daily Newspaper, nr. 104 (5055) / May 28th, 2008, Bucharest, p. 13
  • Gnosis and Anamnesis: Recollections from the Old Caravanserai”, in: Ideas in Dialogue, nr. 46 / July 2008, Bucharest, Catavencu Academy
  • “The Chariot of the Soul. A Commentary on Plato, Phaedrus, 246a – 254b and Katha-Upanishad, I, 3. 3-9”, in: Archaeus, XI-XII / 2008, p. 337-350, Bucharest, Romanian Association for the History of Religions, Institute for the History of Religion
  • “An Unhealed Insatiability”, in: The Discobolus, 130-131-132 / October – November – December 2008, p. 60-62, Alba-Iulia
  • “Catharist Darkness, Sephirotic Light. Albigensians and Kabbalists in Languedoc (XIIth – XIIIth centuries)”, in: Philologica Jassyensia, No. 2 (8) / 2008, Iasi, Romanian Academy / A. Philippide Institute for Romanian Philology & Alfa Publishing House, p. 191-205
  • “The Story of the Green Tea”, in: The Hearth, 4 / 2009, Târgu-Mures
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