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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Living in misery, ill and chifa, he attempted suicide in on his way to Nicebut his life was rescued in time. It became the first in his Adrien Zograffi literary cycle. 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.

In —29, chirx 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. The next major work by Istrati was the novel Codine. This list and many of Istrati’s works are on Wikisource.

Istrati was first noted for the depiction of one homosexual character in his work. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As such, Istrati became associated with the group’s leader Mihai Chhiralinawho 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.


Kira Kiralina was filmed in as a Soviet silent film.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Rolland had praised Istrati’s letters to the GPU, but he nonetheless chose to stay clear of the controversy. While in the Soviet Union, Istrati wrote a screenplay based on his own itrati entitled, The Banditsa project that was never completed. Retrieved from ” https: 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 by then already falling out of favor with Joseph Stalin.

Rolland received the letter through the Police and immediately replied.

Panait Istrati

The political opinions Istrati expressed after his split with Bolshevism are rather ambiguous. Chiralia views were also harshly made clear in two letters he sent to pabait GPU leadership in Panit 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. Shortly before the attempt, he had written to Romain Rollandthe French writer he admired most and with whom he had long tried to get in touch.

This article needs additional citations for verification. He then earned his living as an apprentice to a tavern -keeper, then as a pastry cook and peddler. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Istrati came back to Romania istrari and demoralised, was treated for tuberculosis in Nice, then returned to Bucharest. He travelled through large sections of the European part, witnessing celebrations in Moscow and Kiev.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Panait Istrati. Panait Istrati works in Romanian. Istrati dealt with the mounting persecution of Old Bolsheviks and the gradual victimization of whole population groups. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Views Read Edit View history.

Panait Istrati (Author of Kyra Kyralina)

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. Romanian Wikisource has original text related to this article: In the meantime, he was a prolific reader.

He and Kazantzakis wrote Stalin a congratulatory letter that remained unanswered. Istrati shared the leftist ideals of Rolland, and, as much as his mentorplaced his hopes in the Bolshevik vision.

He went to BucharestIstanbulCairoNaplesParis —and Switzerland where he settled for a while, trying to cure his chiralin.