Claudia Moscovici

Claudia Moscovici
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
June 06
novelist and literary/art critic
Claudia Moscovici is the author of the critically acclaimed novels "Velvet Totalitarianism" (2009) and "The Seducer" (2011). "Velvet Totalitarianism" was republished in translation in her native country, Romania, under the title "Intre Doua Lumi" (Curtea Veche Publishing, 2011). In 2002, she co-founded with Mexican sculptor Leonardo Pereznieto the international aesthetic movement called “postromanticism” (see, devoted to celebrating beauty, passion and sensuality in contemporary art. She wrote a book on Romanticism and its postromantic survival called "Romanticism and Postromanticism," (Lexington Books, 2007) and taught philosophy, literature and arts and ideas at Boston University and at the University of Michigan. Most recently, she published a nonfiction book on psychopathic seduction, called "Dangerous Liaisons" (Hamilton Books, 2011).

On saving European art from the Nazis and The Monuments Men

by Claudia Moscovici

Winston Churchill is well known for a famous quote (among many others) about the importance of art to civilization. When asked if he planned to cut out art funding to channel more money into the war effort,

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Interview about my novels The Seducer and Velvet Totalitarianism with (in English)

photo credit Romani Celebri

photo credit Romani Celebri

I’ve translated below parts of my interview with Diana Robu, which was originally published in Romanian in (

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Bogdan George Apetri

Bogdan George Apetri’s film, Outbound (Periferic), represents the best of the new Romanian cinema. The movie, starring Ana Ularu and produced by Saga Film in collaboration with the Austrian company Aichholzer Filmproduktiion, is based on a short story co-written

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Psychopaths are Losers who view themselves as Leaders. As we've seen, unless there's a specific advantage for him, a psychopath never admits to being wrong, to doing wrong, to having wronged anyone. Whatever he does wrong to others--cheating, lying, manipulation, hurting them emotionally/Read full post »


 Preface to The Cube

By Claudia Moscovici

Love story, science fiction based on an interesting analogy to the laws of physics, apocalyptic vision and political allegory replete with sociopathic, evil leaders: Nat Karody’s new novel, The Cube, has something to please ever

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a)    Thank God for Cannes!

In an interview with Domenico La Porta given on May 19, 2012, Cristian Mungiu, winner of the Palme D’Or for feature film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 for his movie 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, e/

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The Seducer by Claudia Moscovici

In my career as a writer–of both fiction and literary/art criticism–I have encountered many myths about why writers write. Some of them I even believed myself when I was younger. It is tempting and glamorous to believe that writing is a pro/

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AUGUST 31, 2012 3:00PM

Why We Love Books

How books are made, the process of publishing, who writes them and for what purpose has changed tremendously over time. But one thing remains the same: we still love to read books. Under whatever form–paperback, hardcover, ebooks or audio–books are here to stay. Here are som

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Paradoxically, it is cultural theorists such as Pierre Bourdieu (author ofDistinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste), Jean Baudrillard (author of Simulacra and Simulation) and Jean-Francois Lyotard (author of The Postmod

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AUGUST 23, 2012 7:16PM

Sauver la Culture

Sauver la culture: De l’importance de la “culture” pour nos cultures


Paradoxalement, ce sont des théoriciens de la culture tels que Pierre Bourdieu (auteur de La distinction : critique sociale du jugement, 1979), Jean Baudrillard (auteur de Simu

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey and Oprah’s Book Club

Oprah Winfrey‘s life story reads like the classic American dream, a tale from rags to riches. Born into poverty in Mississippi, Oprah became the most successful talk show host as well as one of the richest and most influential/

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AUGUST 8, 2012 1:18PM

How to Publish Books in the U.S.

The Seducer by Claudia Moscovici

(Note: This article was initially published in Romanian translation on the Curtea Veche Publishing blog, on the link

Two of the most

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With the recent change of regime in Romania, what ensued during the past few months could be described as a downright culture war. Rumors of corruption and accusations of plagiarism against political and cultural leaders in the country abound, while Romania's leading intellectuals a/Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 19, 2012 11:07PM

Vali Hotea: A Rising Star in European Cinema

Vali Hotea

The Romanian director Valentin (Vali) Hotea is not new to the film scene. He made his debut in the 1990′s with his short film The Big Adventure(Marea Aventura). This movie depicts with stark frankness and a picture-perfect, photographic style a young/Read full post »

Audrey Hepburn

With an unforgettable elfish, delicate and childlike beauty and extraordinary talents in acting, languages and dance, Audrey Hepburn is also known as an avid humanitarian. Since I have been educated in a tradition of “cultural studies”, perhaps initiated by the/Read full post »

APRIL 25, 2012 6:45PM

The Seducer and Anna Karenina

Psychopathic seducers, as social predators, target countless victims. But they attach like parasites, for a long time, to comparatively few: only to their most promising hosts. I think that promising victims give off a scent of vulnerability, of unfulfilled desires that are perfect/Read full post »

(Note: this essay is dedicated to my parents, the mathematicians Henri and Elvira Moscovici)

It’s only relatively recently in cultural history—during the past hundred years or so--that the disciplines became so highly specialized (and advanced) that it’s nearly impossible f… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2012 1:15AM

Why We Love Brancusi

Like his magnificent statues, for Romanians, the artist Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) is a national monument. To extend the metaphor, he’s also one of the pillars of Modernism. A favorite in his host country, France, he even has, like his mentor Auguste Rodin, his own m/Read full post »

For me, Alain de Botton’s highly visible career as a public intellectual represents a personal journey as well. He took the path I wish I had pursued, as he did, much earlier in life. Therefore, here, I will not only review his newest book, Religion for Atheists (2012), b/Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 1:08PM

The Seducer: A Novel

The Seducer, my new novel about psychopathic seduction, is now in print, available for purchase on and other bookstores.

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 Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst is probably the most controversial and successful artist of our times, particularly if one measures success by how much critical attention art gets and how much it sells for. The founder of the avant-garde Young British Artists and considered to be the riches/Read full post »


The twentieth century was the era of specialization. Every field became so highly specialized and technical that only experts could master each discipline. The twenty-first century, however, is the era of collaboration. As an art critic, I’ve witnessed this comingling am/Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2011 9:33AM

The Google Art Project and Google Music


On February 1, 2011 Google launched the groundbreaking Google Art Project. This is an online, high-resolution compilation of some of the greatest works of art, featured in some of the most famous museums, worldwide: including theMetropolitan Museum of Art, the MuseumRead full post »

Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been  a big fan of pop music. As I grew older, I retained a certain nostalgia for 80′s and 90′s bands like U2, who seem to have made it through the generations and even have echoes in the music my teenage daughter Sophie/

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When I openened a twitter account a few months ago, it wasn’t difficult to find the phrase that best captures me: “Born in the wrong century, a would-be salonnière.” Ever since college, when I first learned about Marquise de Rambouillet–the refined hostes/

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