Vartan Arachelian was born in 1936. He is a journalist, writer, maker of radio and television programmes, and author of questionnaires and reportages, well known for his Romanian Television broadcasts since before the 1989 Revolution. In 1990, he became the director of Romania’s first independent television station, SOTI. In 1991, he was awarded the A.P.T.R. Interview Prize for the dialogue with philosopher Petre Tutea he conducted on the Constructive Word programme. He has also written and directed a number of documentary films, including Grown ups, The City’s Mirrors, The Constructive Word, and Fear and Truth : The Caciulati File. His books include : How We Learn to Live (1977), The Autumn of Our Suffering (1980, 2006), The Sunday after Hell (1983, 2006), Special Edition (1990), Confessions. Corneliu Coposu in Dialogue with Vartan Arachelian (1992, 1996, 2014), Face to Face with Petre Roman (1996), Here Before You: The Revolution and Its Characters (1998), Night of the Bastards (2000, 2003), Siruni : Odyssey of an Outlaw (2012), Name and Shadow (2012), History and Its Ghosts: The “Armenian Question” in the Romanian Diplomatic Archives (2014). Polirom has published his The Transition. The First 25 Years (2014, co author : Alina Mungiu Pippidi).