THE UNSEEN FACE OF HENRI. H. STAHL: THE WRITER. AN EXCERPT FROM AN UNPUBLISHED NOVEL BY THE GREAT ROMANIAN SOCIOLOGIST (II)
An initial fragment from an unpublished novel, signed by Henri H. Stahl, the Romanian sociologist, was published earlier in issue no. 5–6/2018 of the Romanian Journal of Sociology. The text was accompanied by an introductory study in which I presented information regarding the manuscript, as well as the context in which it had been created and the motives behind this unexpected literary venture. The fragment selected for publication was meant to highlight this new and hither to unknown talent of its author. This sample of his work provides significant insight into H.H. Stahl’s linguistic talents, as he used expressive and beautiful language to recreate the atmosphere of villages from long ago. Full of passion and emotion, the text shed a new light upon the personality of the great Romanian sociologist, who was always reserved in his scientific texts. From “between the lines”, one can feel his love and deep attachment to the faith of the peasants and their villages. Two new unpublished fragments of the novel, meant to complement the previous fragment, are now available at the end of this brief article. In them, one can recognize Stahl’s keen analytical view, that of a highly skilled sociologist capable of engaging people in genuine and revealing conversations while possessing the sharp eye of the observant researcher, in quest of details and nuances.
Keywords: Henri H. Stahl, unpublished novel, sociology of folk culture, folk philosophy, history of Romanian sociology.