Neagu Djuvara and Andrei Pleşu published in Canada
A translation from Neagu Djuvara, published by Cross Meridian, will be launched in Toronto on November 25th, 2012.
A Concise History of Romanians by Neagu Djuvara
Prof. Neagu Djuvara is a distinguished Romanian historian and philosopher of culture. This English is dedicated to new generations of Romanians currently living in countries where English is spoken or understood. In this book, Prof. Djuvara sets aside the academic tone to recount the story of Romanians, without taboos or prejudices. Common misunderstandings are brought to light and clarified, such as the story of Vlad the Impaler, and the role played by Romania in World War II. The author’s exceptional insights into European and world history provide valuable lessons for our own lives today.
“The only valid answer is total intellectual honesty. This is the only way we will gain the respect of international scholarship and take the place in Europe, and in the world, that we deserve.”
On Angels: Exposition for Post-Modern World by Andrei Pleşu
On December 1st, 2012, Cross Meridian will also launch the exceptional treatise On Angels by Andrei Pleşu. (English translation by Alistair Ian Blyth, published in cooperation with Berlin University Press). The same highly personal stylistic exuberance, for which the renown philosopher, politician, essayist and theologian Andrei Pleşu has become so well known in his native Romania, can also be found On Angels.
“However rational we claim to be, we resort with unacceptable frequency, and with a certain nonchalance, to magical explanations. To get exactly the topic you had prepared for in an exam, to win the lottery, to escape a serious accident unscathed, generally seem to us to be signs of something mysteriously elect: “destiny” was on our side, we were “lucky”, we escaped “by a miracle”. Such “miracles” are more frequent than we imagine...
For modern man, the world is a sum of harsh natural laws, combined with obscure random episodes, while for traditional man… the world is an order without remainder, a harmonious ensemble of providential events. No reasonable metaphysics of chance can be constructed. But what can be constructed is a theology of angels, founded on universal sacred texts and on a vast hermeneutic tradition.
Modern man has difficulty in believing in angels not because he is “rational” and “atheist” but because he does not believe in order, or has an inconsequential image of order. In contrast, traditional man tackles the problem of the lack of evidence for the invisible and unclassifiable with dizzying daring, preferring to force understanding, provocatively to systematise that which nowadays we primitively put down to “chance”.
Both books will be available via online booksellers in USA, Canada and Europe.