Monday, September 17, 2012
Ciprian Muresan’s ‘Communism never happened’ describes the facets of a complex anachronism, a rapport between time and history where they accelerate and decelerate past each other, where the former hemorrhages and the latter is overabundant. It is the definitive answer to Winston Churchill’s observation that Eastern Europe has produced more history than it could consume, and it simultaneously states that Eastern Europe will never cease to aspire to a place in what it projects to be the grander, subtler map of things geopolitical. Its relationship to facts, statistics and painful recollections, replicates the relationship between communism, liberalism and the idea of historical catastrophe in the Eastern political imaginary. Bound up with the certainty that communism certainly happened, it mirrors the way in which post-communism and globalization endlessly complicate each other.