(b. 5 November 1880, Pașcani, d. 19 October 1961, Vânători-Neamț)

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He is a man over 50, massive with short and bulky hair, large eyes, thick eyebrows and a bony jaw, and a prominent jowl, dressed lightly.

The forehead is contoured by hair combed on the back, rendered in compact texture, with short, curved lines interrupted by small and dense x-s.

The wavy texture of the sweater at the base of the neck and the collar of the shirt is rendered by a prominent texture with crowded, plain squares.

Historical information

Mihail Sadoveanu was born on the 5th of November 1880 in Pașcani as the son of lawyer Alexandru Sadoveanu and Profira Ursache[Bibliography 1].His literary debut takes place in 1897, when he publishes in the magazine “Dracu” the sketch Domnișoara M din Fălticeni under the pen name Mihai from Paşcani [Bibliography 2]. His career progressed gradually, and on September 2nd 1909 he became the president of the Romanian Writers Society [Bibliography 3]. In 1915 he published the novel Neamul Şoimăreştilor. Six years later he became a member of the Romanian Academy[Bibliography 4].The interwar period brought him literary success, he published his most famous and important works, among them Siret (1925), Zodia Cancerului sau Vremea Ducăi Vodă (1929), Baltagul (1930) or Hanul Ancuței (1928). Between 1927 and 1930 he was the Venerable of the Masonic Lodge “Dimitrie Cantemir” and since 1932 he becomes the Venerable of the Masonic Lodge “Moldova” [Bibliography 5]. If the interwar period brought him well-deserved literary success, the coming to power of the Communist regime brought him political success, an evolution of his career, becoming part of the leadership of the Romanian Republic People’s Academy. Therefore, a self-declared adept of socialist realism, thanks to his novels, which promoted class struggle, such as “Pauna Mică” or “Mitrea Cocor” as well as historical ones, where the truth was distorted, such as “Nicoară Potcoavă”; he was one of the favorite writers of the communist regime. In 1949, after the Writers Society is transformed into the RPR Writers Union, Sadoveanu becomes its Honorary President [Bibliography 6].

After a successful career brought by the communist regime, Mihail Sadoveanu died on October 19th, 1961 and is buried at the Bellu cemetery.


  1. Ion Popescu-Șireteanu, Amintiri despre Mihail Sadoveanu, Iași, Editura Junimea, 1973, p. 20,
  2. Savin Bratu, Mihail Sadoveanu: o biografie a operei, Editura pentru Literatură, 1963, p. 99.
  3. Cristian Sandache, Literatură și propagandă în România lui Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, București, Editura Mica Valahie, 2011, p. 377.
  4. Nicolae Manolescu, Sadoveanu sau utopia cărții, București, Editura Eminescu, 1976, p. 253.
  5. Rodica Pandele, Păstorel și corespondenții săi, București, editura Eminescu, 1998, p. 39.
  6. M. Nițescu, M. Ciurdariu, Sub zodia proletcultismului: o carte cu domiciliu forțat : 1979-1995. Dialectica puterii : eseu politolog, București, Humanitas, 1995, p. 67.

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