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Sunday, Feb 7, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Alec Russell
Financial Times (11 December 2009)

“I first saw George on the night Savu went to Bucharest to save Romania’s revolution. We met in the Hotel Continental, 12 storeys of stolid architecture that towered over the old Austro-Hungarian streets of Timisoara, in the western corner of the country. Under communism, the Continental had been the haunt of the elite. Nearly a month after the Christmas day execution of Nicolae Ceausescu, it was little changed. An ectoplasmic glass decoration covered the rear wall of the foyer. Dark curtains sheltered from the light a penumbra of black marketeers. A row of clocks claimed to mark the time in Mexico City, Warsaw, Beijing, Moscow, Belgrade, London. Most had long since stopped.”


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