Panait Istrati was a Romanian working class writer, who wrote in French and Romanian, In Istrati’s story Kyra Kyralina (or Chira Chiralina) was published with a preface by Rolland. It became the first in his Adrien Zograffi literary cycle. Panait Istrate was born in the Danube port Braila in Romania, on 11 August to Joita Istrate, Codin si Chira Chiralina (novel “Chira Chiralina”). Chira Chiralina este o nuvela scrisa de Panait Istrati n limba franceza si tradusa in limba , Chira, in toate limbile in care se afla tradusa, a mers in.

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Istrati’s travels were marked by two successive unhappy marriages, a brief return to Romania in when he tried to earn his living as a hog farmerand long periods of vagabondage.

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He travelled through large sections of the European part, witnessing celebrations in Moscow and Kiev. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In he visited the Soviet Union on the anniversary of the October Revolutionaccompanied by Christian Rakovsky during the first stage of the journey Rakovsky was Soviet ambassador to Paris, and kstrati then already falling out of favor with Joseph Stalin.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It became the first in his Adrien Zograffi literary cycle. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. As such, Istrati became associated with the group’s leader Mihai Stelescuwho had been elected as a member of Parliament for the Iron Guard in and whose dissidence was the reason for his brutal assassination by the Decemviri later in the same year; Istrati was himself assaulted several times by the Guard’s squads.


Istrati shared the leftist ideals of Rolland, and, as much as his mentorplaced his hopes in the Bolshevik vision. Shortly before the attempt, he had written to Romain Rollandthe French writer he admired most istrari with whom he had long tried to get in touch.

He then cgiralina his living as an apprentice to a tavern -keeper, then as a pastry cook and peddler. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Living in misery, ill and depressed, he attempted suicide in on his way to Nicebut his life was rescued in time.

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Thereafter, he suffered a crisis of conscience mainly due to being branded a ” Trotskyist ” or even a ” Fascist ” by his former communist friends, the most violent of which proved to be Henri Barbusse. He was buried in Bellu Cemetery. He was joined in Moscow by his future close friend, Nikos Kazantzakis ; while in the city, Panait Istrati met Victor Serge and expressed his wish to become a citizen of the Soviet Union.

While in the Soviet Union, Istrati wrote a screenplay based on his own work entitled, The Banditsa project that was never completed.

In the meantime, he was a prolific reader. Rolland had praised Istrati’s letters to the GPU, but he nonetheless chose to stay clear of the controversy. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.


Views Read Edit View history. In —29, after a tumultuous stay in Greece where he was engaged in fights with the police and invited to leave the countryhe went again to the Soviet Union.

His views were also harshly made clear in two letters he sent to the GPU leadership in December Retrieved from ” https: This list and many of Istrati’s works are on Wikisource. Istrati dealt with the mounting persecution of Old Bolsheviks and the gradual victimization of whole population groups. Istrati came back to Romania ill and demoralised, was treated for tuberculosis in Nice, then returned to Bucharest. Romanian Wikisource has original text related to this article: Panait Istrati works in Romanian.

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The next major work by Istrati was the novel Codine. Rolland received the letter through the Police and immediately replied.

The political opinions Istrati expressed after his split with Bolshevism are rather ambiguous. He and Kazantzakis wrote Stalin a congratulatory letter that remained unanswered.

Panait Istrati

Kira Kiralina was filmed in as a Soviet silent film. Istrati was first noted for the depiction of one homosexual character in his work. He went to PanitIstanbulCairoNaplesParis —and Switzerland where he settled for a while, trying to cure his tuberculosis.