(b. 8th of May 1924, Baziaș, Caraș, d. 6th of April 2002, Metz, France)

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Historical information

Petru Dumitriu was born on May 8 1924 in Baziaș, Caraș County in the family of Captain Petre Dumitriu [Bibliography 1].

In 1945, at the age of 21, Petru Dumitriu receives the Debut Prize, and two years afterwards he publishes his first work, a book made up of 8 texts named Euridice. 8 proses [Bibliography 2].  After that, communism flourished in Romania which meant hard times for him and his family. His father, an ex-officer, was arrested and his sister was expelled from school [Bibliography 3].

Despite the hardships endured by him and his family because of communism he chose to join the regime, becoming one of the most well-known and well-paid authors of that era.  However, Petru Dumitriu had an explanation for his apparent change of heart. Of that he declared:”I effectively started out dying of hunger.” So, naturally, the pact he made with the regime was inevitable, otherwise he would have had no chance of being known as a writer when the communists were in power.  

After a period of literary success, Petru  Dumitriu did something no one expected, not his fellow writers nor the party: not long after publishing the novel “Family Chronicle” he chose to flee the country.

In 1960, he fled with his wife to Western Germany under the pretense that they were going on vacation there. Upon their arrival, they requested political asylum. [Bibliography 4]

He would not return until 1996, seven years after the fall of communism.

He died on April 6 2002 in Metz, France.



  1. Petru Dumitriu, George Pruteanu, Pactul cu diavolul: șase zile cu Petru Dumitriu, București, Editura Albatros, 1995, p. 204.
  2. Florea Firan, Constantin M. Popa, Literatura Diasporei: antologie comentată, Editura Peosis, 1994, p. 338.
  3. Gabriel Dimisianu, Sfârșit și început de secol, București, Editura Cartea Românească, 2013, p. 112.
  4. ACNSAS, fond Informativ, dosar 5907, f. 1.
  5. Aurel Sasu, Dicționarul biografic al literaturii române. literele A-L, vol. I, Pitești, Paralela 45, 2006, pp. 541-543.

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