would we humans be without a soul? Bound in a material life, deprived
of dream journeys, of the beauty of hope, deprived of love and enthusiasm,
we would become vague, rigid and cold objects, walking shadows trying
to communicate by words whose vibrations are dead, words whose truth
cannot possibly be proved. We would be machines, we would be robots,
we would be nothing. Thank YOU, GOD, for having given us a soul. Through
the soul, we have learned to know ourselves, to recognize the beauty
of life, and to reach YOU!"
Flashing Portrait of an Excellent Novelist
For the Romanian novelist, being put to the pitch of contemporaneousness meant shaping, with the means of large prose, the major conflicts of the society they lived in, or, for the sake of dignity, incompatible with the civic and aesthetic compromise, left, with the goal of scrutinizing it (as paradoxically as it may sound), and giving it back all its moral and manners. It is historically notorious the fact that the real Romanian literature of the period between 1947 and 1989 has been made outside the borders of the country (et pour cause), speaking both geographically and linguistically. To tell the truth, the Romanian novelist living in Romania couldn't possibly have revealed the ways of the society they belonged to, loved, and created within - a society haunted by the totalitarian delirium. That mission needed sharp nibs as soldiers. Or, such kind of nibs were to be found only out there in the free world. One of them was certainly Silvia Cinca. It is a fact that, among the writers in exile and within the Romanian borders, Cinca is the most profound, with her extremely studied constructions, and the most daring of all. I say "daring" and I mean it, for, regardless of the distance, when scratching the skin of a dictatorship whose ideological certitude still throb within the body of its aggressiveness, the risk taken is even bigger than when pricking it from the inside. "It is a long arm, the arm of Revolution" used to say the servants of the state terrorism. Under those circumstances, the incisive word of Silvia Cinca, her ruthless Romanian radiographs made to the totalitarianism, and her stubbornness in calling a spade a spade, all these make the author of The Stroke the most lucid Romanian novelist of the last decades of the twentieth century. If it were only for Scream and Comrade Dracula (about which I have written at the proper time), and the novelist's brethren in the country would have been dearly avenged for the silence imposed on them by the marionettes of the red hegemony. But fortunately, Silvia Cinca's repertoire exhibits a large range of titles, which make us again friends of the freedom of the word, and honor us.
I am bound to add a few words about Silvia Cinca's last book in Romanian Language The Stroke. And all because the optimism, the narrative force, and the lexical pirouettes adorning the peremptory discourse of her previous novels and non-fiction works, are now given shape within the pages of the present book through a transcendental meditation whose signum teaches us about the sudden anesthesia of destiny. The unexpected shapes the elementary truths of the daily existence of the main character, who carries out a sort of metaphysical journey (that is to be met also in other recent works of the author), where reality replaces fiction, and fiction turns into the triadic expression of the simple truths that are life, death, and love. By reading through The Stroke, we get the impression that Silvia Cinca is entering us into the meanders of an ancient tragedy, under the disguise imposed by the circumstances of the contemporary drama.
GEORGE ASTALOS - Author
Chief Editor of the Pluridisciplinary Magazine of Arts and Literature Nouvelle Europe Paris
|Would You Like To Dance?
"In the middle of this contemporary ordeal, thanks to truly wonderful souls, to some quite rarepeople, the Earth still receives sunlight, still benefits from the clemency of Deity towards non-perishability, the stars do shine in the night sky, and their light must be more than conciliatory. Such a human being, of a gentleness and wisdom worthy of admiration, proves to be SILVIA CINCA, writer, novelist, director, film critic with an exceptional literary activity – invariably crossed by a rare unearthly light, one might say. Since 1966, when she published her first book, Silvia Cinca revealed, precisely yearly, new editorial issues in Romanian or English, enriching the national literary heritage."– George Stroia
|Magic Of Life
"Silvia Cinca's latest collection of stories are inspiring, enchanting, and uplifting. Cinca's enduring understandings about faith, beauty, and love are woven gracefully throughout each story and leave us pondering our own lives. Cinca believes in the value of human goodness and shares the possibilities that exist through universal love." - Bethany Halliday (Editor)
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| La Porte Du Sucès
"Quand j'ai lu ce livre de Silvia CINCA, je ne connaissais pas personnellement l'auteur, mais j'ai été impressionnée, par sa philosophie sur la vie et la mort vues par le prisme de la croyance en Dieu, par son optimisme contaminant pour l'obtention du succès dans la vie, par son imagination débordante, par son talent d'écrivain. Je lui ai proposé d'essayer une traduction en français pour partager son expérience exposée dans ce livre avec les lecteurs francophones. Peut-être que la traduction n'est pas parfaite, car je ne suis pas traducteur de métier, mais j'ai fait ce travail avec une bonne intention. C'est un livre qui doit être lu par tous, mais surtout, par les personnes découragées par l'insuccès et par les jeunes qui débutent dans la vie, pour suivre ses conseils et sa recette miraculeuse en ces temps difficiles pour tout le monde. " - Madame Magdalena KONATE
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Cinca (NE Niculescu), also pen names Nicolau, Roberta King, is a writer,
film critic, translator, producer/director at "Radio Free Europe/Radio
liberty". Born in Bucharest, she attended the No. 2 Pedagogic School.
She also graduated at The Institute I.L. Caragiale specializing in Dramatic
Art and Cinema. After graduating, she was employed as an editor at the
Romanian National Broadcasting System (cultural section) as a film critic.
She asserted herself as a prolific radio publicist at the same time in
literature, arts, theater, and film. Between 1970 and 1973, she was transferred
to television where she was responsible for selecting foreign films for
transmission. Due to the number of American films exceeding the admitted
level of foreign films she was removed. This encouraged the idea of expatriation.
In 1973 she followed her husband to Greece. Together, with the whole family they established themselves in the United States in 1977. She attended the courses of English composition at the Texas University in Dallas (1978-1979) and Creative Writing at the Northern Virginia Community College (1979-1980). In 1992, she attended the Ambassador Bible College in California (by correspondence). Her short stories were published in the prestigious magazine "Short Story International", where at that time (from Romania) only Marin Preda has been accepted. Her articles are to be found in most of the Romanian periodicals in the U.S. and Western Europe.
From the beginning of her career as a writer, Silvia Cinca proved herself incredibly intellectual in most of the dogmas of the totalitarian period. In 1966, she started writing short stories in the magazine "Ateneu" (Bacau). That same year she published a volume of sketches and stories, The Cat and the Words (Literary Publishing House - editor Georgeta Dimiseanu), and was the first author of the new generation whose titles are nonconformist. This was followed by a new volume Break the Mirrors (The Eminescu Publishing House), only slightly iconoclastic as we can see; The Nonstop Express (Ion Creanga Publishing House 1971), a children's book and a love story book The Invisible Snow (Albatros edition 1973). Silvia Cinca's prose published in Romania strongly stands out by their subjects. Subjects that do not follow the official line because of their style which recalls the writings of Caragiale, Hemingway, and Truman Capote. She collaborated in the writing of sketches, short stories, commentaries, reports of films, TV articles, with prestigious publications and her books were reviewed by first class literary newspapers and magazines in the capital and in the provinces: "Romania Literara", Luceafarul", Contemporanul", "Cinema", "Cronica", and "Tribuna". Concerning film chronicles, she wrote the monograph "Jean Gabin" (Meridian Publishing House 1969), a specialized analysis and transparent portrait recalling the "lesson" given by Professor D.I. Suchianu, the veteran film critic in Romania. "Dialogue", one of her anthological sketches formed the basis of the short TV film with the same name by Georgeta Postolea and interpreted by Rodica Tapalaga (1972). Director Olimp Varasteanu created a cartoon after The Nonstop Express.
As soon as Silvia Cinca made another debut in American cultural life with her book The Night of the Rising Dead (Brunswick Publishing Company 1985), that included a selection of her earlier sketches and stories translated into English she summoned directly the most stringent subjects observed by her in the depth of Romanian sociopolitical reality. Her main objective was to point out the destructive effects of the communist system in the moral-effective level of the individual, the disturbed inter-human relationships, and of the collective soul. Likewise, the malevolence of Ceausescu's that had reached a paroxysm while the life of the people had reaches a level of despair and tragedy. In this sense, the following volumes are significant: Comrade Dracula (Moonfall Publishing Inc. 1988) and Scream (The International University Press of Missouri 1990), which speaks of Ceausescu's Romanian Era. Scream is also the first novel in contemporary literature which besides its literary value is also a warning in the literary and religious curse; the inevitable end of the dictator was predicted already in March 1989, when the manuscript was printed. In the volume X-rays for Love (with preface by playwright and poet George Astalos - Silex Publishing House, 1992, Second Edition Moonfall Press 1992), Silvia Cinca's prose announces essential transformations.
Although signs of this are already visible in the volumes Homo Spiritus and Comrade Dracula, perhaps also in other titles published in Romania, the author accepted a new epic formula. She combined the sanctity of reality with the reality of sanctity; in the epic technique - the precision of fantasy, with the fantasy precision. That illustrates outstanding philosophic and literary gifts. The Ocean, her new book of short prose, is revealing from both standpoints. X-Ray for Success (published by Contact International Publishing House of Iassy - Romania - 1993) is significant for the author's changed opinions on the world, art and literature. It extracts from the New Testament, which is naturally included in the theoretic explanation. The last two novels are: Hoot of the Owl and Forest of Angels. Member of Pen American Writers, fondator LiterArt XXI, member American-Romanian Academy, and Romanian Union Writers Silvia Cinca is recognized as one of the most talented and insightful Romanian author living outside the country.
AWARDS: 1988 - The A.R.A. Award (American-Romanian Academy - USA) for
Comrade Dracula and Homo Spiritus. The ROMFEST '92 Award (Canada) for
X-Ray for Love, MNEMOS Award (Romania) for X RAY FOR SUCCES - 1993.