Postage and Packing Free - Stelian Tanase's book explores the politics of the totalitarian state. He is an historical authority on the communist period in Romania.
publication date: November 2010
230 x 150mm
16 page colour section
head and tail bands
Auntie Varvara's Clients brings to life documents discovered in the archives of the pre-communist secret police, the Siguranta (nicknamed 'Auntie Varvara'). This extensive work reveals a regime reliant on secrecy. The narrative changes tense unannounced, givinga surreal, filmic quality to the writing. Tanase takes us from the early days of illegal membership of the communist underground, at the end of the First World War, to the eventual rise to power and the struggle for supremacy within the regime.
Auntie Varvara's Clients is illustrated with the art of contemporary Romanian artist Cristian Tarba, as well as original Siguranta 'mugshots' and photographic portraits of members of the underground including Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Ana Pauker and Nicolae Ceausescu.
Stelian Tanase (born 17 February, 1952) has a long and established literary, journalistic and broadcasting career. An authoratative Romanian intellectual, he is a respected historian and maker of documentary films, striving for the uncovering of classified material of fomer totalitarian regimes. He is a well-known face on Romanian television and has been elected to parliamentary posts in his home town of Bucharest. In 1990 he co-founded the magazine 22, so named to commemorate the day the communist regime was overthrown in Romania – 22 December, 1989.