The Relentless: Nina, Cella, Maria


Nina Cassian (1924-2014) was an outstanding Romanian poet, translator, musician and composer, and a remarkable character. She is one of my favorites Romanian children’s book writers, too.



Maria Tanase (1913 – 1963) was a well known Romanian folk music singer.



Cella Delavrancea (1887-1991) was a remarcable Romanian pianist, writer and teacher of piano.


“Nesupusele” (the Relentless) is a book in two volumes evoking the personalities of 100 remarkable Romanian women who made a difference in the past century.

Four writers, Adina Rosetti, Iulia Iordan, Laura Grunberg and Victoria Pătrașcu conceived it as an alternative education project which, through 1oo stories, embraces themes as cultural diversity, developing values as patriotism or civic spirit or cultivating respect for small, day to day history besides public history. One can find remarcable personalities inside, but also common biographies that deserve to be told.

The book’s requirements asked for illustrations whose composition should be half black & white, half coloured, and for a relevant visual metaphor of the character’s personality and life.

Published in two volumes by Univers Publishing House in 2018. Translated in French by Sidonie Mezaize Milon and Oana Calen and published by Belleville Éditions as “Désobéissantes” in a single volume in 2021.