The Romanian Exile of the 20th Century ~ Octavian D. Curpas

The Romanian Exile of the 20th Century

Octavian CurpasWritten by Octavian D. Curpas with a philological subtleness, „The Romanian Exile of the 20th Century” transposes the readers into the lives and the vast array of emotions immigrants feel while being uprooted from their own sweet yard, whose smell of flowers and folk songs of youth will ever reverberate in their minds. The trip of self-discovery is sprinkled with ambitions, pitfalls, frustrations, despair and inner-struggle as well as with achievements and rewards. From Sibiu, my own native region to LA, my own adopted City of Angeles, Dumitru Sinu aka Mitica (Mike) has seen it all and has, through trials and tribulations, achieved the much desirable- American Dream. A story of love, hard work, and determination!

The author, a talented journalist who  has lived in the United States since March, 1997, currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three children: Janice, Josiah and Amaris.

Aura Imbarus, PhD – Los Angeles, California

Author of Pulitzer Prize memoir entry „Out of the Transylvania Night”



By Angela-Monica Jucan

Octavian Curpas 2Octavian Curpas already retold for us Andersen’s fairy tale and he is always willing to recount stories of books he has read. And, going by the gifted critic’s accounts, there remains no reason to doubt that the original stories he interprets were written by authors of extraordinary talent. Sometimes he provides us with interpretations of books that are not available in our area and which we will never get to read. We can only imagine those astonishing – according to his description – creations and we know they are, at least temporarily, inaccessible to us. It is as if the spiritual light they emanate is truly the fastidious and intangible light of a boreal cloud that arose from the ionization of the mind’s emissions under the influence of the radiation of fantasy (according to the physics definition).

Octavian’s interpretations are usually lengthy, giving the impression that the work presented is recounted in great detail, which leads some to believe that they no longer need to read the original text. This is a false impression, as Octavian’s endeavors represent syntheses. He has the ability to grasp the essence of the text and otherwise create a concise monograph.

His titles are catchy, summative phrases. A review of a book by Vavilia Popovich, for example, is titled ‘Mom’s Book’ – Memories with the scent of days past in a prose poem authored by Vavila Popovich. Another review of a book of poems by Daniela Voiculescu is called “How is it like to live on poetry in a time of angels”. The title of an article dedicated to one of Melania Cuc’s novels reads ‘Babilon Lace’ or how it feels like to be a hostage in a modern historical novel about tragic destinies and the ordinary man’s psychological crisis. Another text about a novel by Ligia Seman is called “The image of God reflected in a novel about a quest at the time of discovering the meaning of life”. A presentation of a book of poetry by Petru Lascau is titled religious verses bordering between meditation and contemplation: “The signature of love” by Petru Lascau. And finally, the exegesis of the latest book of poetry by Victorita Dutu is called ‘I want a different world’ by Victorita Dutu – Christian poetry about eternity, love, and humility.

His titles are oftentimes followed by a sympathetic motto, usually selected from the book under review (“The memories, as they were narrated to me, surge upon me like a torrent. They contain too much of reality in them, a beautiful and yet painful jungle of reality… As in a dream, I imagine centuries past…’; ‘I don’t know why, but I still preferred the color grey’).

The beginning of the exposition is abrupt and confounding (Is it easy or is it difficult to fight sleep?), or informative and austere (Vavila Popovici is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose), or gnomic (Petru Lascau is a poet of the religious ecstasy), or meant to create a certain atmosphere through associations with a different epoch (At the beginning of the nineteenth century Napoleon’s armies had control over all of Europe. Russia was one of the few countries that he had not yet conquered), or attempting to prepare the reader for what is to come (In 1970 the American director Arthur Hiller won an Oscar for a wildly successful film entitled simply ‘Love story’).

Then, with a few biographic remarks and a note on the literary accomplishments of the author in question, with some general statements about the work, with an analysis of the plot and characters (if the work is a novel), and after establishing any literary filiation and offering some text samples, Octavian Curpas manages to construct a well rounded and perfectly balanced whole, which he then seals with a closing statement.

Along the way, the critic sheds light upon the elements which confer artistic value to the book and reveals to the reader the underlying meaning of the text, the one that is harder to grasp, yet necessary in order to reinforce the literary value of the text.

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Writer by vocation and journalist by training (having completed journalistic, paralegal and business studies), Octavian D. Curpas is a kind of character that is rarely encountered on the journalistic scene these days. He puts his gift, his passion and his dedication in his writing. He wants to assure us (and we feel we should believe him) that every work he brings to the attention of the reader is the book of the year in terms of technical achievement, and a work of unmatched beauty in terms of artistic quality, absolute and splendid as only a realm covered in eternal snow can be. In fact, Octavian’s texts strike an even higher note than Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’ because his stories about wondrous books always end before that moment when Gretchen brings Karl back to the mundane reality.

Inexplicably, no one wants to leave their place of detention because when you are free you have no desire to escape, you have no reason to run. From now on, both the past and the present will occur in the future tense because there is another story to be written, a story that has not yet begun. The gift, the inspiration and the work ‘wasted’ for the benefit of others, and as of now, not yet gathered in a well deserved (by the author and all the rest of us) book.

From now on, the Imbrium Sea will carry its waves to the shore and, perhaps someday, the poet who praised its beauty will find not only the long sought ideal, but also the answer to a seemingly rhetorical question: ‘Who is the queen of Saba?’.

The Snow Queen. No matter what color the muse is (the not necessarily historic, but the rather enigmatic ‘muse’ of Solomon). Because here, in Octavian’s chronics, contrary to Andersen’s tale and contrary to the realities of life, everything is reflected in a conscience that sees nothing but beauty.

If Christ was fully God lived on this earth in human nature, what was the role of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’s earthly life? What could the Spirit of God contribute to the deity of Christ?

Alemayehu Mekonnen, Ph.D, Associate professor of missions at Denver Seminary, 2013 reviews Dr. Ware, A. Bruce, The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflection on the Humanity of Christ. Crossway, Wheaton, IL; 2013. Paperback $13.50. ISBN 13-978-1-4335-1305-3 (Photo credit

One would ask, if Christ was fully God lived on this earth in human nature, what was the role of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’s earthly life? What could the Spirit of God contribute to the deity of Christ? Bruce said; “The answer we must give is: Nothing! As God he possesses every quality infinitely, and nothing can be added to him. So then we ask instead this question: what could the Spirit of God contribute to the humanity of Christ? The answer is everything of supernatural power and enablement that he, in his human nature, would lack. The only way to make sense, then, of the fact that Jesus came in the power of the Spirit is to understand that he lived his life fundamentally as a man, and as such, he relied on the Spirit to provide the power, grace, knowledge, wisdom, direction, and enablement he needed, moment by moment an day by day, to fulfill the mission the Father sent him to accomplish” Pg. 30. To illustrate this point biblically, Bruce exegetes (Isa. 11:1-3) effectively.

The Man Jesus Christ sets an example of dependence on heavenly father and obedience to Him in the context of suffering. “This incarnate obedience, we might call it, was rendered often within the context of opposition and affliction, with the result often, that his obedience was the cause of much further suffering. In other words, he knew that he obeyed the Father, he was inviting only greater opposition and was putting himself in a place of increased suffering. Obedience per se was not new; rather, this kind of obedience was indeed new” Pg. 60. At a time a when “wealth and health” gospel is preached, and suffering is considered as negative in spiritual maturity or labeled with lack of faith. The obedience of Jesus Christ in the context of suffering refreshes authentic Christian and biblical outlook. “Oddly, some Christians seem instinctively to want to push away suffering. They think it best to keep suffering at arm’s length. But not only is this a mistake biblically and theologically; it is a huge mistake spiritually and practically” pg. 70.

Read the article in its entirety here-

Jesus among other Gods – Ravi Zacharias

In his most important work to date, apologetics scholar and popular speaker Ravi Zacharias shows how the blueprint for life and death itself is found in a true understanding of Jesus. With a simple yet penetrating style, Zacharias uses rich illustrations to celebrate the power of Jesus Christ to transform lives.Jesus Among Other Gods contrasts the truth of Jesus with founders of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, strengthening believers and compelling them to share their faith with our post-modern world.(Editor’s review) Click here for an Encapsulated view of this book which is considered one of the best Christian apologetics books.

Jesus among other gods’ .

Ravi Zacharias: Jesus’s exclusivity is implicit in this claim. We will look at half a dozen questions Jesus answers to those who present these questions to him. No other claimant to divine or prophetic status would have ever answered those questions that way. there is a uniqueness, a marvelous uniqueness and so in this opening session we will be looking at one of those questions that was posed to Him that I have entitled: The anatomy of faith and the quest for reason.

There are six parts to this video. (Length 1 hour 22 min.) Pass the video to all your friends and make the time to watch it. Not only is it informative (biblically, philosophically and rationally) but it is also creatively edited with footage, and inspirational and faith building.

For more Ravi Zacharias videos visit my Ravi Zacharias page.

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