The last balcony of Ceausescu
It has, today, suddenly occurred to me, out of nowhere, that the proposed title of my fiction collection to be published by Ex Occidente Press (Romania), may have been strangely pre-determined in some unpredictable or retro-causal way.
At apparent face value, then, I have long been intrigued (without a full understanding of its historical context) by the TV pictures of Ceausescu’s last appearance on a balcony, amid boos and jeers from the crowds below that shocked him into the state of a dysfunctional puppet. He was, I recall, hustled away, never to be seen in public again.
The scene is mentioned here in a Google book (involving the expression ‘last balcony’): http://tinyurl.com/yc2dhkh
When the title (‘The Last Balcony’) genuinely came to my mind for the first time in October in this discussion forum: http://www.knibbworld.com/campbell-cgi/discus/show.cgi?tpc=1&post=39324#POST39324 it is true to say that the long-held memory of Ceausescu on his last balcony was the furthest thing from my conscious mind.
‘The Last Balcony’ by DF Lewis is advertised as forthcoming here: http://www.exoccidente.com/future.html