Book Info:

Paperback: 312 pages

Publisher: Bettie Youngs Books September  2010

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0984308121

ISBN-13: 978-0984308125

Kindle Edition



Foreword by Dumitru         Ciocoi-Pop, Ph.D.

Out of the Transylvania Night is

sanctioned by the: 

El Camino College 1A English Composition curriculum

Long Beach City College: Creative Writing Program


An an epic tale of identity and the indomitable human spirit,                                                                    Out of The TRANSYLVANIA NIGHT 
explores tyranny, freedom, love, success, and the price paid for misaligned dreams.
An incredibly powerful memoir.

I'd grown up in the land of TRANSYLVANIA, homeland to Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, and, worse, the Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu—who turned Romania into a land of gray-clad zombies who never dared to show their individuality, and where neighbors became informants, and the Securitate made people disappear. Daylight empowered the regime to encircle us like starved wolves, and so night had always been the time to steal a bit of freedom. As if bred into our Transylvanian blood, we were like vampires who came to life after sundown. I buried the family heirloom jewels, tucked the flag into my sweater and left my outpost to join the action . . . tonight Ceausescu would die!

Known for using stand-ins to pose for him, Aura doubts if it was even Ceausescu himself who was killed that night. Nevertheless, when her countrymen topple one of the most draconian regimes in the Soviet bloc, Aura Imbarus tells herself that life post-revolution will be different. But little in the country changes. With two pieces of luggage and a powerful dream, Aura and her new husband flee to America. Through sacrifice and hard work, the couple acquire a home, cars, and travel—but trying to be Americans is much more complicated than they expect. More difficulties set in: the stock market crash takes their savings, house, and cars; thieves steal three centuries' worth of heirloom jewels; and Aura's beloved mother dies.

Aura's marriage crumbles under the stress. Devastated, she asks herself, 'How much of one's life is owed to others?' Tested even further by the vagaries of fate, Aura discovers a startling truth about striking a balance between one's dreams and the sacrifices and compromises that allow for serenity, selfhood, and lasting love. More resolution comes when in 2010, Ceausescu's body is exhumed to answer questions of a cover-up, and Aura can finally lay to rest the haunting mysteries of her past.

“A compelling story of a fiercely independent young woman growing up at the height of world wide Communist power and then rapid fall of the Iron Curtain. If you grew up hearing names like Tito, Mao and Ceausescu but really didn’t understand their significance: READ THIS BOOK! “

—Mark Skidmore, Paramount Pictures

A Story of Tyranny, Freedom, Love and Identity

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Out of the Transylvania Night

by Aura Imbarus, Dumitru Ciocoi-Pop

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# 2 on Kindle in Top Rated Social Science and Psychology Biographies

West High School Library in Torrance

Writers Workshop

Redondo Beach Main Library,  Redondo Beach, CA

Dr. Aura Imbarus, author, educator, and motivational speaker hosted a two-part program, in which she shared her views on looking at problems differently...maybe even using them as a springboard for healing.  She spoke about the path that led her to write her memoir "Out of the Transylvania Night".   

This was a two part program was presented on May 15 and May 22

Torrance Library, May 23, 2012

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