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Entries from March 26th, 2017

Lauren BACALL (Blouse Roumaine – extrait)

March 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Diaspora, Famous People, International Media, PEOPLE, quotations, Translations

Lauren se souvient dans ses mémoires (By Myself), que lorsque sa mère et sa grand-mère ne voulaient pas partager leurs secrets avec le reste de la famille, elles parlaient roumain à la maison, un langage alors ‘mythique’, codé, et accessible seulement par les adultes. Leur cas n’était pas différent de celui des autres familles originaires d’Europe Centrale, arrivant de provinces aux frontières changeantes en fonction d’invasions armées, et comme Lauren le souligne (cf. la citation Les jours heureux,) la connaissance de plusieurs langues étrangères était banale.

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PEOPLE I MET – Nathalie DUMITRESCO & Alexandre ISTRATI

March 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Art Collections, Art Exhibitions, Diary, Diaspora, Famous People, PEOPLE, Uncategorized

Looking back at the dinner in Brancusi’s old atelier, the memories are like a replay of a magic dream. In the summer evening the narrow lane of Impasse Ronsin, now completely vanished, was deserted. As I rang the bell, I remember I was not a little surprised, that before I was let in, Istrati looked up and down the lane, I presume to check if I may have been shadowed by some unwanted troll… For the uninformed reader one should point out that Paris of the ‘60s to late 1980s was replete with cloak and dagger stories, which would have made Agatha Christies’ stories a child’s play: indeed, one could not be too careful.

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PEOPLE I MET – Haroun TAZIEFF (1914-1988)

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Diary, Diaspora, Famous People, PEOPLE, Poetry, Science, Short Stories & Cameos

Madame Tazieff-mère was, as one would have expected, a formidable lady, in every respect, and, for that matter, larger than life… At the age of 70 she just returned from riding in the forest nearby. Beside her sporting pursuits, Madame Tazieff was a dedicated artiste painter, in strong chromatic touches and her canvasses decorated the walls of the entire house. In true Russian fashion, she made sure that she remained the focus of attention.

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