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Country of Red Azaleas
A gripping story, important for its poignancy as well as its insights into the human condition.”. — Washington Independent Review of Books.
A moving portrait of humanity's best overcoming humanity's worst.”. — Kirkus Reviews.
"A fierce and beautiful novel that is in many ways an immigrant story, a war story and a love story all at once, it is one of the most unique and well-crafted of its kind". -- 20Something Reads.

Despite war, separation, and loss, two women find strength in their love for one another...
Domnica Radulescu’s third novel, Country of Red Azaleas, illustrates the redemptive power of female bonding, even in the most harrowing circumstances. The story takes place during the Bosnian War (1992-1995), when Serbian soldiers practiced systematic genocide and raped an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 Bosnian women in “rape hotels” or “rape camps.” In spite of the violence, Lara and Marija — a Serb and a Bosnian, respectively — remain closer than sisters, even in the face of separation and tragedy.

The two meet when both are schoolgirls in Belgrade. Lara is drawn to Marija’s exuberance and rebelliousness, beauty and charm. Lara, whose mother is an avid movie buff, was named after the heroine in the film version of Dr. Zhivago, and Lara shares her love of old movies with Marija. However, when war breaks out, pitting the young women’s homelands against each other, Lara and Marija must separate.


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Train to Trieste
Vivid. . . . . Alive with the youthful awareness of the texture of the old world. . . . Suspend all cynicism and believe in the possibility of this love story”. — Los Angeles Times.
I was swept away by Domnica Radulescu’s debut novel. It’s at once a haunting journey to a faraway country, beautiful and terrifying, and an odyssey straight to the heart of a young girl and the remarkable woman she becomes. Deeply moving and deeply felt. . . . an unforgettable story that introduces a new and astonishingly fresh voice”. — Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha.
"A coming of age story, a struggle for political integrity and female identity, a wonderful love story - the book engages us on many levels". -- Bernhard Schlink, author of The Reader and Homecoming.

I board the train and watch the dark forests roll past. This is my last train ride towards Bucharest; the next train will take me away forever . . .
It is 1977 and seventeen-year-old Mona Manoliu has fallen in love with Mihai, a mysterious boy who lives in the romantic mountain city where she spends her summers. She can think of nothing and no-one else.
But life under Ceausescu's Romania is difficult. Hunger, paranoia and fear infect everyone. One day Mona sees Mihai wearing the black leather jacket favoured by the secret police. Is it possible he is one of them ? As food shortages worsen and more of her loved ones disappear, Mona comes to understand that she must leave Romania.
She escapes in secret - narrowly avoiding the police - through Yugoslavia to Italy, and finally to Chicago. But she leaves without saying a final goodbye to Mihai. And though she struggles to bury her longing for the past, many years later she finds herself compelled to return, determined to learn the truth.
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Black Sea Twilight
Black Sea Twilight
"Evocative, poetic and lush... a delicious page turner of lost love, loaded with magical dreams and real hope. You won't be able to put this one down" -- Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine and Lucia, Lucia
"A beautiful love story... Domnica Radulescu has written a powerful and uplifting novel" -- Patrick Neale, Bookseller
"An excellent book club choice" -- New Books Magazine


1980s Romania: As the sun sets on the magical shore of the Black Sea and casts its last rays across the water, all Nora Teodoru can think about is pursuing her dream of becoming an accomplished artist - and of her love for Gigi, her childhood boyfriend from the Turkish part of town. But storm clouds are gathering as life under Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu becomes increasingly unbearable. His secret police are circling, never far from the young couple's doors. Nora and Gigi make plans to escape to Turkey. But nothing can prepare them for the events that follow...

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Women's Comedic Art
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"Never before has the history of Western women in comedy been written with such historical scope or comparative detail. Radulescu brings the astute eye of the theatre historian to a socially committed feminist inquiry into women's humor, creating a study useful for scholars and practitioners, teachers and students." --Jill Dolan, Princeton University



Women's Comedic Art as Social Revolution: Five Performers and the Lessons of Their Subversive Humor


Though comic women have existed since the days of Baubo, the mythic figure of sexual humor, they have been neglected by scholars and critics. This pioneering volume tells the stories of five women who have created revolutionary forms of comic performance and discourse that defy prejudice. The artists include 16th-century performer Isabella Andreini, 17th-century improviser Caterina Biancolelli, 20th-century Italian playwright Franca Rame, and contemporary performance artists Deb Margolin and Kimberly Dark. All create humor that subverts patriarchal attitudes, conventional gender roles, and stereotypical images. The book ends with a practical guide for performers and teachers of theater.


Andre Malraux
André Malraux
André Malraux:
The «Farfelu» as Expression of the Feminine and the Erotic


Be it in the light fantastic of his early work, or the classic tragedy of La Condition humaine, or sensuous poetry of the Antimémoires, André Malraux uses «farfelu» and related discourses to represent, not the simple «misogyny» of his critics, but a complex image of the symbolism of the sexes and of their interrelations - notably as regards the erotic, maternal, artistic and other aspects of the feminine. As Domnica Radulescu shows, in phenomenological (Bachelardian) terms, «farfelu» discourse is part of Malraux's creation through art of a true «anti-destiny,» a cosmic eroticism which recursively forms the primary material of the poetic imagination.

"I believe this book will be a substantial and original contribution to Malraux studies. It is well-organized, accessible and comprehensive in its analysis of the works studied. In particular, it demonstrates far better than in any previous study the continuity and richness of Malraux's 'imaginaire' from the 'écrits farfelus' to 'Le Miroir des limbes'." : (David Bevan, Bishop's University).
"Critics have long had considerable difficulty in dealing with the 'farfelu' in Malraux's writings. However, in this meticulously researched and well-written study, Professor Radulescu demonstrates that that element in three of his works - the early tales, 'La Condition humaine', and the 'Antimémoires' - is a rather singular mixture of love, sensual sexuality, and femininity. Using some of the techniques and insights of modern linguists and phenomenologists (Bachelard, Saussure) and of specialists in psychology and gender studies (Cixous, Doniger, Kristeva, Lévi-Strauss), she skillfully analyzes imagery, metaphor, and theme to shed a revealing new light on the dimensions of Malraux's imaginary world." : (Walter Langlois, University of Wyoming)