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a candle for my son!

Mircea Dinescu
Poet, editor, politician and dissident

Born: November 11, 1950, Slobozia. Son of Stefan Dinescu, metallurgist worker and Aurelia Badea, worker


  • 1965-1969 - High School in Slobozia

  • 1979-1984 - Faculty of Journalism, "Stefan Gheorghiu" Academy


  • 1972-1976 - doorman, Bucharest Writers Association

  • 1976-1982 - editor, "Luceafarul" revue

  • 1982-1989 - editor, Romānia literara" revue

  • 1989 - dismissed from "Romania literara", as a result of an antidicatorial interview granted to the French newspaper "Liberation" and arrested at his domicile

  • Liberated at the Revolution of December 1989, in Romania, he is among the first to enter the Romanian Television Building announcing "Tyrant is gone" 

  • 1991 - President of the Romanian Writers Union

  • After Revolution founded the weekly "Academia Catavencu", that he run till 2000 when he quitted to found "Plai cu boi" magazine (october 2000)

  • 2000 - elected member of the National Council for the Study of Former Security Archives

Published Works

  • Literary debut with the poem "Destin de Familie" (A Family's Fate), published in "Luceafarul" revue

  • Editorial debut with the volume "Invocatie nimanui" (Invocation to nobody), Bucharest, 1971

  • Elegii de cand eram mai tānar (Elegies since I was younger), Bucharest, 1973

  • Proprietarul de poduri (Owner of bridges), Bucharest, 1976 (second edition 1978)

  • La dispozitia dumneavoastra (At your disposal), Bucharest, 1979

  • Teroarea bunului simt (Dread of common sense), Bucharest, 1980

  • Democratia naturii (Nature's Democracy), Bucharest, 1981

  • Exil pe-o boaba de piper (Exile on a peppercorn), Bucharest, 1983

  • Rimbaud negustorul (The Merchant Rimbaud), Bucharest, 1985

  • Moartea citeste ziarul (Death's reading the newspaper). The volume was rejected by the censorship in 1988 but published in Amsterdam, in 1989, in Romanian, thanks to Sorin Alexandrescu

  • O betie cu Marx (A drinking bout with Marx), 1989

Prizes, Titles and Awards

  • Prizes of Romanian Writers Union, 1971, 1976, 1981

  • Honorary Member of the University of Augsburg, Germany (1991)

  • Herder Prize, 1999


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