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Abraxas provides software development, system design, data warehousing and management, content management, and information assurance to the intelligence community, multinationals, hedge funds, and private equity firms.

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Herndon, Virginia, 20170,

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I’m not talking about the books I didn’t like. I think there are so many good books in this world that it doesn’t make sense to populate the public space with our reading misfits

Jan 13, 2023

January 12, 2023 We make room this gray and listless Thursday, push aside the deluge of to-do’s on our efficiency lists, and go into a generous place where all lives are possible. This space is always at hand, but we constantly put it off: for lack of time or energy. The books forgive us, however. And they wait for us without rancor. We talk about all kinds of reading and reading habits with Oana Boca Stanescudirector of the National Book Center within the Romanian Cultural Institute and expert on written culture within the Ministry of Culture. Oana has 20 years of experience in communication and cultural entrepreneurship: fost image director of Polirom Publishing House, founder of Headsome Communication and of two international literature festivals. I am currently living in a time of utilitarian reading. My current lists include an overwhelming amount of professional reading done for the purpose of documenting the various projects I’m involved in, and less reading for pleasure. I completely escape the pleasure of reading again on some weekends or during vacations when, because time is very short and precious, I have become uncompromising, unforgiving, impatient for all the books I open to catch me quickly, which perhaps has a air a bit sad, says Oana. We talk to Oana about obligatory reading, as a job, and that for pleasure, where and how she reads, which were the books of 2022 in her personal top, and how the reading experience has changed depending on the stages of life. When and how you read Throughout my life, my relationship with reading has often reconfigured. There was a period of personal search with the help of literature, a tender time, which coincided with middle school and high school. Then followed the time of a certain settlement of tastes, during the college years – certainly the most beautiful period of my life as a reader. That’s when my passion for literature from Central and South-Eastern Europe was born, a passion that I also put on my CV and for which, in 2012, I initiated a literature festival in Timișoara (FILTM) – so my approach to this literary space is serious. Of course, now, in the midst of the era of integration and globalization, when we have all become a big European story together, and even more so, it might be that this concern of mine is a bit out of date. It’s just that I am part of the world of those educated in the spirit of regional belonging. I am currently living in a time of utilitarian reading. My current lists include an overwhelming amount of professional reading done for the purpose of documenting the various projects I’m involved in, and less reading for pleasure. I completely escape the pleasure of reading again some weekends or during the holidays when, because time is very short and precious, I have become uncompromising, unforgiving, impatient for all the books I open to catch me quickly, which perhaps has a slightly sad air. Are you the type who insists on finishing a book even if you don’t like it? We were. Now I read less willingly: if something doesn’t work, I give up. And I don’t just give up after the first few pages: I can give up even after I’m halfway through the book. I guess that’s what happens when you’re moving away from the age of 40, as opposed to when you were heading towards that milestone. Reading habits It depends on how much I’m in a hurry. And since I’m often in a hurry, I end up reading a lot of digital books because I can get them right away. I read a lot, and in parallel, and subsequently, mirroring my busy professional schedule. Literature that I could enjoy is already around me at home, only for this indulgence I often lack the time. The books in audio format, about which you do not ask, but which I, here, I invoke, have not succeeded in tempting me so far. Maybe also because there is no time for them in my life: at home, I don’t see why I would listen to them instead of reading a book in print, and in traffic everything is too noisy and with an air of potential danger, so I don’t I’m thinking of carrying such a book format with me in the car. I read absolutely everywhere I can, I even cheated at parent meetings. To buy, however, I buy very few books. And that’s because I’m spoiled: my husband is the one who brings everything to the house every week, much more than the list of books that might interest me. I sometimes wonder to what extent my profile as a reader today is my husband’s creation, in the way that, for over 15 years, he has helped me (without his having planned it) carve my way through the world’s literature. I don’t think I know anyone of my generation who has read more than BAS, nor do I admire anyone more when it comes to refinement, sophistication and passion for books. selection In the selection of books (let’s say “books”, because otherwise I’m constantly reading studies, reports, etc. ), the projects that make up my professional life have priority – I have this prize-winning mania that makes me immerse myself in endless reading at every opportunity new project entering my life… It is true that I managed to complicate my professional life to the maximum: I recently took over the management of the National Book Center within the ICR, I am also involved in a legislative project dedicated to cultural workers professionals at the Ministry of Culture, an initiative that will be publicly discussed soon, and, as much as I can, I am also keeping alive Headsome Communication, the agency I founded ten years ago. I organized a small personal cultural multinational… why are you reading I never received theoretical lessons about the importance of reading from the people who brought me on this path, nor did I ever wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t read. I don’t even read why. For me, reading is what it is. Unfortunately, in Romania, there is a lot of demagoguery around the plea for reading – see the various Ani-ai-Ceva and many other snoring and financially expensive initiatives, in the shadow of which absolutely nothing has grown. However, so that this question does not remain unanswered, I will invoke here a quote from Till Eulenspiegel, the well-known character in German folklore: “A book is a possibility. She is always willing to talk to us.” Actually, I’m quoting from TULLE, a fake biography of the beloved character, written by Daniel Kehlmann, a magician of words, translated flawlessly by Maria Irod and appearing in the always surprising collection “Anansi. World Fiction”. Top 3 books read in 2022 Shuggie Baintranslated by Mihaela Ghiță, the debut of the Scottish prose writer Douglas Stuart, a novel awarded in 2020 with the Booker Prize – perhaps among the few literary prizes freed somewhat from political pressure -, and pampered with reviews all over the world. Infinity in a cane of Irene Vallejo, a phenomenal book, with a phenomenal public success: both in Spain and in the 30 countries where it was translated. A free, digressive and wise journey through the world of books, an essay about history through the history of books, about the conquest of the world, about the conquest of knowledge, about its creators and defenders, but also about its destroyers, translated by Silvia Ștefan. The book of plants and animalsr, the volume with which Simona Popescu, one of my favorite writers, returned to the attention of local readers, after an absence of 15 years. A book with countless layers, poems of delicacy and direct candor, with many book references. The most talked about book around you Before being the most talked about book around me in 2022, the novel Abraxas by Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu was the book about which I was kept quiet the most. Please, the manuscript… Abraxas it’s the 600-odd page novel that my husband has lived in for the last five years, a titanic work that spanned nearly 20 versions. All these versions kept reconfiguring themselves visually in front of me in the form of post-it notes stuck to a cork board, pieces of paper that often moved. Five years of silence animated by these spatial reconfigurations, a time during which I often wondered at the intersection of which post-its there I live. And in September 2021, when “I had access to the manuscript, I found out. In February of this year, the book was published, and then people kept talking about it. Sometimes, at night, when I dream fantasies, such as the one where the day has at least 25 hours, I also project scenarios in which I manage to gather together all these reactions to Abraxas in a well-deserved site. The book that surprised you Dictionary of Central European Romance of the 20th Centuryvolume coordinated by Adriana Babeți, a map of books and authors from a close geographical and cultural space, which has been worked on for more than 30 years, a book that deserves not a release or a tour of releases and debates, but – quite a festival. A book that frustrated you I’m not talking about the books I didn’t like. I don’t like negative chronicles either. I think there are so many good and very good books in this world that it makes no sense to populate the public space with our reading misfits. The book that (still) inspires you to perfection ???? Tora. And I take this opportunity to signal the new edition in Romanian, Torah and Haftarot, in Hebrew-Romanian bilingual version, with transliteration and annotations from Jewish sources by Rabbi Shlomo Sorin Rosen. A monumental volume, the fruit of a seven-year effort, addressed to Jews and non-Jews, beginners and scholars alike, a source of moral, intellectual and spiritual inspiration. Confession: A classic book you haven’t read The glass bead game – a card from a larger list of shame. I’ve fallen behind on this reading and I’m afraid it’s for life. First, out of stupidity – at one point, Herman Hesse was so popular in my high school, that a friend and I decided to stay away from it -, then due to lack of time.

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  • When was Abraxas founded?

    Abraxas was founded in 2002.

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    Abraxas's headquarters is located at Herndon.

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    Abraxas's latest funding round is Other Investors.

  • Who are the investors of Abraxas?

    Investors of Abraxas include Allied Capital.

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