Excerpts from Gala Galaction, <i>Journal</i> , vols. 5–6 (Bucharest: Editura Albatros, 1996)

Clark, Roland
(2022) Excerpts from Gala Galaction, <i>Journal</i> , vols. 5–6 (Bucharest: Editura Albatros, 1996). Journal of Romanian Studies, 4 (1). pp. 123-134.

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<jats:p>Grigorie Pișculescu (1879–1961), better known by his literary pseudonym Gala Galaction, was one of the most prominent Romanian writers and church figures in the twentieth century. In his short stories, novels, and newspaper articles, Galaction developed an idiosyncratic style that integrated Eastern Orthodox themes and imagery into the lives of his characters, most of whom were peasants or working class. Unlike most religious writers in early-twentieth-century Romania, who were committed ultranationalists, even fascists, Galaction was a socialist who believed that defending the rights of the poor constituted a central Christian duty. As a result, he became valuable to the Romanian Communist Party (PCR) after the Second World War. Written over a 57-year period, his journal provides unique insights into major changes in Romanian religion, politics, and society that took place during the twentieth century. In these excerpts he writes about being courted—and manipulated—by the PCR because of his celebrity status.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 4303 Historical Studies, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 43 History, Heritage and Archaeology, 36 Creative Arts and Writing
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2022 13:28
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2024 15:16
DOI: 10.3828/romanian.2022.8
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3154085