Gala Galaction

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Galaction, Gala


(pseudonym of Grigore Pişculescu). Born Apr. 16, 1879, in the village of Dideşti-Teleorman; died Mar. 8, 1961, in Bucharest. Rumanian author, academician of the Rumanian Academy of Sciences (1947), deputy to the Great National Assembly (1948-52). Theologian by education.

His early novellas on historical and folklore themes, such as By the River Vodislava (1910), The Little Church in Râzoare (1914), and The Bells of the Neamtju Monastery (1916) are full of Christian morality. He welcomed the October Revolution in Russia in the book The New World (1919). In his novels Roxana (1931) and Doctor Taifun (1933), he combines criticism of bourgeois society with promotion of Christian asceticism.


Opere alese, vols. 1-2. Bucharest, 1959-61.
Chipuri şi popasuri [Bucharest] 1969.
In Russian translation:
“Rasskazy.” In the collection Rumynskie povesti i rasskazy, vol. 2. Moscow, 1959.


Vîrgolici, T. “Drumul vieţii şi operei lui Gala Galaction.” Studii şi cercetări de istorie literară şi folclor, vol. 4, 1955.
Vîrgolici, T. Gala Galaction. [Bucharest] 1967. (Bibliography.)


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Despite of the fact that the Romanian space knew only works that have passages of spiritual autobiography (like: Steinhardt 1992), the memorials written by famous clergymen like Gala Galaction (Galaction 1973-1980; Galaction 2007), Valeriu Anania (Anania 2008), Gheorghe Calciu (Diaconesti 2007), that present the biographical road of the author and, in many situation, his sufferance from Communist period, have been enthusiastically appreciated and generated a real appetite for this kind of publications.
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