Acta Universitatis Danubius. Juridica, Vol 14, No 1 (2018)

Types of Justice in Mihail Sadoveanu's Hanu Ancuţei

Andy Corneliu Pusca, Cristinel Munteanu


The problem of justice seems to be the common theme in Hanu Ancuţei [Ancuţa’s Inn] – Mihail Sadoveanu’s book of tales. The world portrayed by Sadoveanu functions according to archaic norms. Justice is made either by the ruler (or by his men), or on one’s own (provided there is enough strength), in accordance with some ancient laws. The helpless (when the ruler is not on their side) hope for divine justice. A coherent system of laws and fair judges, devoted to unbiased justice (similar to the German one, mentioned in one of the tales), remain a desideratum in this literary masterpiece.


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