Natasha Alina Culea: „It does not help me at all that I am a woman who cares to look good”

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Natasha Alina Culea
Natasha Alina Culea

Natasha Alina Culea is a name which doesn’t belong to her anymore, a name which she gave as a gift to her readers – she says – it is a name printed on thousands of books in Romania and Moldova Republic, under six titles (in chronological order): “Natasha, the men and the psychoanalyst”, “Marat”, Wolves of the past”, “Nights in Monaco”, “Dreams never sleep”, and “The Harlequin” – the most recent novel, launched in December 2018. Sometimes she thinks she is a writer, other times a hermit or a peregrine, but she always loves her readers. After the novel “Wolves of the past” she wrote “Nights in Monaco” just to cheer up her readers who cried on her shoulders, demanding her happy-ending novels.

C&B: Describe or define your activity!

“Being a Romanian Author is a challenge, and the term challenge is a mild term if we refer to the confused and confusing situation of the Romanian book market of the Contemporary Literature. My only ambition is to give my readers a memorable reading and, being a perfectionist, I will evolve whether or not I have readers who will no longer keep up with the complexity of the writing I have intended to reach. In the end, the book also chooses the reader, not only the reader chooses the book. Either I find the way to bring together the essence of classical literature with the simplified structure of contemporary literature, resisting to the minimalist beletristic marasm wave, or I will not write at all. Because we are not allowed to negotiate with Romanian literature, which will remain many years after we will not be. I am guided by words: erudition, evolution, exemplarity”.

C&B: What important choices did you have to make and how did you decide?

“I have never placed myself under the sign of modesty or shyness, although my silence is quite awkwardly understood or confused with everything else except what it really is in reality. Since my first manuscript I have been contacted by one of the largest publishing houses in Romania – with which I didn’t work together, but this is a long story – and after the second novel, I didn’t even search for a publishing house, but I was only in the position of choosing the right one. After I wrote my novel The Harlequin I made the decision to take care of my books in a new modus operandi, so all six novels are being reprinted and reconfigured by me. Is it a good idea? I think so, we will see”.

C&B: Which were your visions in childhood/adolescence and which are now?

“If during my adolescence I understood things as others understood them, I later built up my own believes system, which had almost nothing in common with the generally accepted ones, and eventually ended up being configured on the idealistic adolescent model, but also taking into consideration the existing paradigms, which I have no control over. People are a unity; I am a human being, so I cannot separate myself from this unity – personal syllogism, acquired in time, which has leveled the talons of the soulful and rational balance. The maturity of a woman, without idealism and ludic spirit, would keep death aside. It’s funny to think sometimes that art people are more cherished after death, ideally dead in absurd circumstances – then they have the guaranteed success and everyone is satisfied. Less the artist, of course”.

C&B: What are the perceptions and limitations that have made you dissatisfied?

“When you write, you get in touch with quite a few people, which can become overwhelming in time, as an author. I need long periods to withdraw from social media activities before returning fresh. There are people who tend to cast their discontent on some public persona, and writers are not an exception to the rule. Of course, it’s easier to become, behind a computer, as venomous as you can be, something which you cannot afford with a person you really know, because society has the bad habit of mirroring your character, so you may not like what you see. It does not help me at all that I am a woman who cares to look good for as long as she can, because I have heard, not once, somebody saying: I have not read her books, because I did not think she could write so well – probably referring to the fact that I do not fit physically into a nationally accepted template of a writer. Can you trust a skinny cook can cook? It is impossible and unacceptable to do your manicure now and later to read a book by Kafka. Limitations. Limitations”.

C&B: In your case, for what or what does Rational and Sentimental fight?

“I am a woman and, above all, I write, I am creative, so I do not think anyone seriously expects me to be rational. I do not think we have to situate reason on the other side of the world, at the opposite pole from emotion, as if they could not work harmoniously. In other words, they must work together. Thoughts influence a person’s emotional state, and emotions generate thoughts. Decisions taken from the heart or emotional decisions have a rather bad reputation, the world forgetting the many rational decisions at the bottom which turned out to be a disaster later on. The mind is an extraordinary tool, but it has an interesting flaw: it cannot decipher a new experience unless it has a similar previous experience. I think we need to learn more to observe our thoughts and emotions and to understand their messages. The true oracle of Delphi is represented by the Hybrid: Rational + Sentimental – even in the Greek temple is written the Dicton: Know Yourself”.

C&B: Give your own definition for Romanian society, businesses and careers!

“Society, business and careers in Romania derive from that confused, general state of which I have written above. Our society is one based on <to have>, and not <to be>, ideally to have more than another person, and this human segregation reminds me of Emil Cioran’s ideas: The ones separating me from people are all the people. Business? Careers? We ask ourselves why we are not on another level. Why do we ask ourselves: What and how much do we work? Rather, I would ask another question: How do we work? Because work without structure, planning, expertise, and result orientation is just effort in vain. I admire people who know how to organize themselves in such a way to maximize the result in the minimum of time. Those are people who have not only careers but also fulfilling, balanced lives. Of course, the ideal career for everyone is to do what one likes, to find the way to achieve success generated by a passion that one has, but not all of us are so lucky or willing to pursue and make the impossible possible regarding these consuming passions”.

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