Monday, June 30, 2008

"Who We Are", by Dan Puric: The Ongoing Search for Authenticity


The artist Dan Puric published, at the beginning of 2008, the book titled Cine Suntem / Who We Are, which comes as a necessity for a large audience proven by its great demand and which aims at shedding light on the present Romanian character, or what has remained valuable of it, after so many years of political, social and, moreover, cultural turmoil, after "70 years of interrupted pathways", as he says.

Mr. Puric has been touring the country by holding not "conferences", as he does not accept to call them, but meetings in an "authenticity space", like the one in Bacau at the end of June, in order to raise awareness. The great exchange of positive, creative energy lasted for almost 3 hours for issues like Romanian identity, the terror of prolonged fear, dangers of ideology, the different types of values, etc.

Dan Puric has started an identity project which people have the need to connect to, as it bridges the gap between them and themselves. It is simply an exploration of "we are others" ...

2 comments:

Gordy Thomas said...

An internet friend of mine from Brasov recommended this book to me. Through the Google search I found your blog on the subject. Thank you for your concise review. It is a great balance to another review I located in which the writer has nothing good to say about the book or the author

Roxana Pascariu said...

Mr. Dan Puric was once asked by an intellectual from a developed Western country: "How are Romanians going to defend themselves against the problems that come from our society?" And his answer was: "We must solve our problems first and then we will give you a helping hand, too"...
I really hope that this book will be translated into other languages because I think it is not only a book on shattered Romanian identity, after too many years of ideological enforcement, and its reconstruction process, but it is also a book on strengthening individual self-awareness and faith, of finding your spiritual path in a society that is often artificial and is constantly imposing rules on its citizens which restrict their freedom... Thank you for your comment!