Carmen Bugan is the author of Crossing the Carpathians, a collection of poetry. She was educated at the University of Michigan and Balliol College, Oxford. She lives in Geneva with her husband and two children.
‘This story starts roughly in the 1970s, a few years after I was born, about the time when I began to have memories and my father’s codename was already long established as “Andronic”, a name we learned about only last summer . . .’
At 2 a.m. on 10 March 1983, Carmen Bugan’s father left the family home, alone. That afternoon, Carmen returned from school to find secret police in her living room. Her father’s protest against the regime had changed her life for ever. This is her story.