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English DoR #2: What’s in it?
Books to read about Romania, starting with The Year of the Pioneer, a graphic novel about being a seven-year-old and starting school in 1986 Communist Romania.
Apparently, Romania produces decent and affordable wine. Want to buy some? We have some expert recommendations to guide you through it.
Trapped, a personal essay about growing up gay in an ultra-conservative country and finally breaking free.
Inna – you either heard her or heard of her. She’s the most successful Romanian musical export since O-Zone’s Dragostea din tei, viraly known as the Numa numa song. We explain why.
Vanishing Points, a profile of Dan Perjovschi, the visual artist who drew on the walls of MoMA, Tate Modern and other important galleries. “In the West, my position as an artist is respected and that gives me comfort,” he says. “In Romania, I fight for it every time and that gives me ideas”.
The Fire, a gripping narrative about the first death in the ranks of Bucharest’s firefighters in the last 45 years. What it means, why it matters and how it affected the ones that lived.
We challenged some of the best Romanian photographers to capture the most overused and equally underestimated photographic moment: the family portrait.
Alex. Leo Șerban, Romania’s most beloved film critic, died this year at 51. He was a prismatic character – he called himself a minimalist hedonist and believed in something he called “l’esthetique du peu” (the aesthetics of the less). We wrote a posthumous profile trying to understand what he meant to all of us.
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What is DoR?
DoR is the English language edition of Decât o Revistă, a Romanian magazine of groundbreaking nonfiction.
Decât o Revistă (the title roughly translates as Just a Magazine) covers various aspects of modern Romanian life — social change, personal development, cultural trends, politics, and technology —, assembling an eclectic and thought-provoking puzzle.
We produce a collectable magazine of stories because they are the tool we’ve decided to use to understand who we are, and where we wish to go. Through stories, we make sense not only of our country, but of ourselves as people. Our narratives and essays are illustrated with original photography and illustration produced by young Romanian artists.
English DoR #1: What’s in it?
Some of the stories you’ll find in this issue:
A profile of director Cristi Puiu.
Model Diana Dondoe on being photographed by Nobuyoshi Araki.
The true story of how the pro-pot movement and soccer hooligans came together.
A moving personal essay about breasts, the most personal of topics.
The story of Otto the Barbarian, a 16-year-old punk rocker who wants to change the world.
A visual argument for shawarma, Romania’s favorite street food.