Marin Preda

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Preda, Marin


Born Aug. 5, 1922, in Siliştea-Gumeşti. Rumanian writer.

Preda graduated from the University of Bucharest. The direction of his development as a writer was determined by his novella The Turn (1952), devoted to the organization of agricultural cooperatives, and by his novel The Morometes (1955; Russian translation, 1961; third revised and expanded edition, 1973). In this novel the Moromete family is used to illustrate the fate of the peasantry from the eve of World War II (1939–45) until contemporary times. The novel The Great Loner (1972) develops the same theme. Preda has also written the novels The Squanderers (1962; Russian translation, 1965) and The Intruder (1968) and the drama Martin Bormann (1966). He has been awarded the State Prize of the Socialist Republic of Rumania.


In Russian translation:
“Vozvrata byt’ ne mozhet.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1973, no. 8.


Popa, M. Dicţionar de literatură romănă contemporană. Bucharest, 1971.
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