Panait Istrati

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Istrati, Panait


(pseudonym of Gerasim Istrati). Born Aug. 11, 1884, at Braila; died Apr. 16, 1935, in Bucharest. Rumanian writer.

Istrati wrote in French. R. Rolland’s favorable assessment contributed to the success of his books, which sympathetically portrayed the unfortunate and undoubtedly bore the stamp of a gifted writer. He regarded freedom from a petit bourgeois point of view which prevented him from grasping the new relationship between man and society in Soviet Russia. His book on the Soviet Union, Toward Another Flame (vols. 1–3, 1929), gave a distorted view of Soviet life and caused all true friends of the USSR to turn their backs on him.


Opere alese, vols. 1–2. Bucharest, 1966.
Chira Chiralina §i alte povestiri. [Bucharest] 1957.
In Russian translation:
Gaiduki. Moscow, 1926.
Domnitsa iz Snagova. Moscow-Leningrad, 1927.


Oprea, Al. P. Istrati. Bucharest, 1964.
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This is a pity to be sure since both--about aspects of life close to the border with Stalin's Russia--have much to contribute to the theme (though, happily, Panait Istrati, featured in Dumitru's paper, is also the subject of a paper, in English, by Dragos Sdrobis).
The topics include the orientalism of Anna de Noailles, the Surrealist Group of Bucharest 1945-47, French as the language of livre echange in the works of Panait Istrati, traditionalism and protochronism in the European context, and Emile Cioran and the politics of exile.
Written in the 1920s by Panait Istrati, Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno translate this Romanian work which gave rise in Eastern Europe to the Modernist writing of the time, also providing a literary picture of a Romania separated from the Ottoman Empire.
The Romanian writer Panait Istrati was at once "sympathique et deconcertant; the publisher of transition, Eugene Jolas, "se mettait facilement en colere mais .