Prelude in Black and Green, a Novel by Ada Nicolescu, Reveals Life in Romania During the Turbulent 1930's

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A compelling account that sheds light on a little-known period in Romania's past, author Nicolescu captures the cultural, social and political ramifications of the times -- offering a fresh perspective on real life during this critical period in history.

Prelude in Black and Green

I witnessed the situation first-hand...it is my wish that readers will come to better understand why in Romania, so many Jews chose to stay behind.

A work of fiction inspired by historical events, Prelude in Black and Green by Ada Nicolescu provides a fascinating window into a time about which little has been written—the period of gradual unrest and transition in Romania in the years immediately preceding the holocaust.

“I witnessed the situation first-hand,” says Nicolescu. “By relating the story of one family, it is my wish that readers will come to better understand why in Romania, so many Jews chose to stay behind. It is my hope that throwing some light on the situation will help people clear up some long-standing misconceptions about this key period in our history.”

Told through the eyes of a prominent Jewish family living in Bucharest, the novel weaves the personal stories of the Steins, together with the tide of world events, as the family’s lives evolve from one of comfort and well being to uncertainty about how to make prudent decisions for the future.

Through carefully drawn characters, Nicolescu captures the cultural, social and political ramifications of the times, offering a fresh perspective on real life during this critical period in history. In addition to the major theme of anti-Semitism, the novel explores myriad themes also marked by conflict and confusion—among them tradition vs. industrialization, Zionism, Westernization and the bonds of family and country. In so doing, Nicolescu provides the reader with new insight into the lingering question of why many Jews didn’t leave earlier to protect themselves.

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