Mircea Dinescu

Mircea Dinescu
Mircea Dinescu, editor of Romania's Plai cu boi
Read three poems by Mircea Dinescu translated into French by Sanda Stolojan. Visit Plai Cu Boi, editor Mircea Dinescu's unconventional magazine. Read in Time Magazine of Mircea Dinescu's inclusion in a list of heroic Europeans.

EXILE ON A PEPPERCORN tr. Andrea Deletant and Brenda Walker. Intro. Dennis Deletant. English text only. Forest Books (London) 82pp (intro. x-xiv) 1985. East European Series.

Son of a steel worker, Mircea Dinescu studied journalism at the state Stefan Gheorghiu Academy. Ambitious to become a serious poet, he worked as a doorman at the Romanian Writers Association. Four years later, he was editor of the Luceafarul, a Bucharest cultural weekly and later became editor of the prestigious Romania Literara (1982-1989). In 1988 his volume of poems Moartea citeste ziarul (Death reading the newspaper) was rejected by the Romanian censors. Dinescu had it published in Amsterdam and gave a candid interview to the French daily Liberation. He consequently lost his job and was placed under house arrest. In October 2000 Dinescu founded a new periodical Plai cu boi (The Land of Oxen/The Land of Idiots). He received the prize of the Romanian Writers Union in 1971, 1976 and 1981, was granted honorary membership of the University of Augsburg, Germany (1991) and was awarded the Herder Prize in 1999. Combined with his keen wit and strong views, his profile as television presenter and media personality have made Mircea Dinescu a household name in Romania. Since the fall of Ceausescu, his activities have made him one of the most financially successful authors in Romania.

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