In Search of Romania. A Memoir.
by Dennis Deletant
London: Hurst and Co., 2022. ISBN 9781787387010
“One of the world’s leading authorities on Romania has written a memoir. It is a deeply personal, often hilarious look back at an eventful career, as well as a love letter to a much misunderstood country.” (Emerging Europe)
In Search of Romania paints a portrait of Romania under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu. Dennis Deletant’s association with Romania and its people dates back to 1965, when he first visited the country. This vivid memoir charts his first-hand experience of the Communist era. It is coloured by the early 1970s surveillance of his future wife, Andrea; his contacts with dissidents; and his articles and BBC World Service broadcasts — which led to his being declared persona non grata by the communist government in 1988.
Dennis Deletant OBE, Emeritus Professor at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, and leading academic expert on Romania, has recently been granted Romanian citizenship for his outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of the Romanian culture.
Photos above are from today’s oath of allegiance ceremony which took place at the Embassy of Romania in London. Professor Dennis Deletant and his wife Andrea were welcomed by Her Excellency Mrs. Laura Popescu, the Romanian Ambassador to London.
From the rich bibliography of Dennis Deletant, we mention a few recent books:
Actiuni britanice clandestine in timpul celui de-al doilea razboi mondial, Bucharest: Humanitas, 2019 (translation of British Clandestine Activities). ISBN 9789735063252.
Romania under Communism. Paradox and Degeneration, Abingdon, UK; New York: Routledge, 2019. ISBN 978138707429. e-book 9781315201405.
Witnessing Romania’s Century of Turmoil. Memoirs of a Political Prisoner. Nicolae Mărgineanu, Dennis Deletant (ed.), Rochester NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017. ISBN 9781580465793.
British Clandestine Activities in Romania during the Second World War, London: Palgrave, 2016.ISBN 9781137574510.
Ceaușescu and the Securitate. Coercion and Dissent in Romania, 1956-89. Taylor and Francis (e-book), New York, 2016. ISBN 9781315481579.