August 23, 2008
The second village was created during communism. It was populated entirely with forced re-settlers from the Sout-East, whose home villages in the gentle mountains had been burnt to the ground to prevent them from returning. They were housed in purpose-built apartment blocks, weird looking in the rural landscape. They worked for the collective, and when capitalism came had no security net to fall back onto. The men drink on the steps of the village shop. The nineteenth century castle stands windowless and gutted, doors blocked with plywood, smelling of urine. My father calls them the degenerated victims of the system.