September 8, 2018
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MIRCEA DINESCU (b. 1950, Slobozia) debuted with poems in 1967 in Luceafărul magazine and with the volume Invocație nimănui (Invocation to Nobody, 1971), which was awarded the Romanian Writers’ Union Debut prize. He was editor for Luceafărul (1976 – 1982) and România literară magazines (1982 – 1989). His writings were well received by critics (Lucian Raicu, Alex Ştefănescu, Nicolae Manolescu) and brought him numerous literary awards (Herder Prize, Writers’ Union Poetry Prize, Romanian Academy Literature Prize). After the interview in February 1989 given to the Libération, in which he explicitly attacked Ceaușescu’s regime, he was subject to home arrest and was not allowed to publish anymore. After the Revolution of December 22, 1989 he became the president of the Writers’ Union (1990 – 1993), and he resigned following a scandal. He founded the political satire magazines Academia Caţavencu (1990), Plai cu boi (2001) and Aspirina săracului (2003). He is a member of the National Council for the Study of the Security Archives. Mircea Dinescu is also the founder of Cetate cultural port (Dolj), the first of this kind in Europe. In 2003, in the edition dedicated to “heroes”, Time Europe magazine nominated Mircea Dinescu in the “Hate Busters” category. Active presence, he is one of the well-known civil society personalities, being invited in many TV programs. Published books: Invocație nimănui (Invocation to Nobody, 1971); Elegii de când eram mai tânăr (The Elegies since I Was Young, 1973); Proprietarul de poduri (The owner of bridges, 1976, 1978); La dispoziția dumneavoastră (At your service, 1979); Iubirea mea să scoată țări din criză (2011). Teroarea bunului simț (The Terror of Common sense, 1980); Democrația naturii (Democracy of Nature, 1981); Exil pe o boabă de piper (Exile on a Peppercorn, 1983); Rimbaud negustorul (Rimbaud the merchant, 1985); Moartea citește ziarul (Death Reads the Newspaper, 1990); Femeile din secolul trecut. Poezii noi (Women of the last century. New poems, 2004 – 2010, 2010); Iubirea mea să scoată țări din criză (My Love to Take Countries Out of Crisis, 2011).