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August 5, 1922, Siliştea-Gumeşti, Teleorman – May 16, 1980, Bucharest
Marin Preda was a Romanian novelist, one of the best-known post-WWII Romanian writers.
Preda was born into a family of peasants and first studied at school in his home village. He moved to Bucharest and became a proofreader at Timpul (Times) magazine (1940-1945), România liberă (Free Romania) newspaper(1945-1952) and editor at the cultural magazine Viaţa Românească (Romanian Life).
His first novella, called Calul (The Horse), was written in 1943 and it was included in his debut volume of 1948, Întâlnirea din pământuri (The Meeting between the Lands). Preda’s novel Moromeţii, was awarded the State Literature Prize (1956).
In 1965, Preda became vice-president of Uniunea Scriitorilor (Writers’ Union) and in 1970 the director of Cartea Românească publishing house, keeping this job until his death. He became a member of the Romanian Academy in 1974.
In 1980, Preda published his last novel, Cel mai iubit dintre pământeni (The Most Beloved Earthling), regarded as a violent critique of communism. After a few short weeks on the market, the novel was withdrawn from all public, university, and school libraries and all bookshops.
It was not much later, on May 16, 1980, that the novelist died at the Writers’ Mansion of Mogoşoaia Palace.
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