The year 2020 was a special one from several points of view – a positive aspect is the fact that in the Republic of Moldova several books were released, including signed by politicians, ambassadors and former deputies. Thus, TRIBUNA comes this time with a top of 5 books released in 2020.
1. “Russia at the crossroads. Geohistory, geoculture and geopolitics” by Oleg Serebrian
Oleg Serebrian is the Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Germany, writer, historian, political scientist and diplomat, released the book “Russia at the crossroads. Geohistory, geoculture and geopolitics” on February 11, 2020 in Chisinau. The book appeared in two editions (the first edition in 2014, the second edition – reviewed and updated in 2019) in the History Cartier collection, coordinated by the deputy Virgil Pâslariuc. The author says about his book that: “Russia has always been at the crossroads, a fatality derived from geography – periphery of Europe, periphery of Asia and also the Eurasia center. Never during the almost 12 centuries of Russian history the burden choosing the right path has not been as difficult as at the beginning of this millennium.”
2. “Political Ideas and Ideological Cleavages” by Igor Munteanu
Igor Munteanu, deputy of the Dignity and Truth Platform Fraction, diplomat, has released the book “Political Ideas and Ideological Cleavages”, on November 17, 2020 in Chișinău, which he wrote with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The book is in the field of political science and has edited by Cartier. The volume includes a collection of theories and techniques essential for understanding the phenomenon of public policy analysis – as a discipline of study, but also as a tool for solving everyday political problems.
3. “Blat to Billions” by Vasile Bumacov
Vasile Bumacov, former Minister of Agriculture and Industry of the Republic of Moldova, former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova to Japan, released the book written in English “Blat to Billions”, at the Library National Council of the Republic of Moldova, on November 4, 2020. The book has written in Tokyo for two years as an Ambassador. Through his work, the author tries to rehabilitate “the negative image of the Republic of Moldova, caused by the corrupt governments, which were in power during the years of state independence”. In the 500 pages, the author describes many events from the life of the soviet period and the subsequent period, explains how the homo-sovieticus citizen was been created and the changes that take place in society and in the mentality of the uninformed and influential. Vasile Bumacov tells about his childhood, about his parents and grandparents, who refused to become bolsheviks or to draw up lists of those who were to be deported.
4. „Civil society in the Republic of Moldova. Sponsors, NGOs, cultural wars” by Bogdan Țîrdea
Bogdan Țîrdea, deputy in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova from the Party of Socialists, analyst, released the book “Civil society in the Republic of Moldova. Sponsors, NGOs, cultural wars,” on October 21, 2020. The book is divided into eight chapters, has 795 pages and over 1400 bibliographic references. The paper is based on an impressive bibliography reflecting “the growing activity on the territory of the Republic of Moldova of a network of NGOs and media, funded from abroad, with a strong interference in the internal affairs of the country.”
5. “Chisinau of yesterday and today” by Iurie Colesnic
Iurie Colesnic, former deputy of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova in 2009-2010, literary historian and writer, has released the book “Chisinau of yesterday and today”, published by Print-Caro. The launch took place on October 29, 2020 at the National Library of the Republic of Moldova. The book comprise photos and historical dates about constructions, edifices and monuments of Chisinau. Some of them have been lost over time – being demolished through indifference and irresponsibility, others continue to exist being classified as monuments of architecture, history and art.
Cristina Grițineac – trainee translator