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Today’s Memory – Lucian Blaga

“Such a deep silence surrounds me, that I think I hear moonbeams striking on the windows.”

Lucian Blaga

9 May 1895, Lancrăm-Sebes, Alba County – 6 May 1961, Cluj


Lucian Blaga was a Romanian philosopher, poet, playwright and novelist.

Interestingly, the future poet did not speak until he was four years old, but once he did, any concerns raised as to his intelligence were quickly put to rest. He published his first poems in 1910, and two years later he traveled to Italy, where he scoured libraries for books on philosophy and visited historical sites.

Lucian Blaga – Din părul tău

In 1914 he published Notes on Intuition in Bergson, his first philosophical article. In 1919 his first volume of poetry, Poemele luminii (Poems of Light), was published. His thesis titled Culture and Cognition earned him a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1920.

Returned in Romania in 1920, Blaga published plays and more poems. He and a group of prominent Romanian writers established the journal Gîndirea (Thought) which was devoted to exploring Romanian national identity and which becames the most influential literary magazine of its days. In 1921 the Romanian Academy presented Blaga with the Adamachi Award and in 1922 his thesis was published.

Narrowly missing to win the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature because of Soviet government interference, Blaga created the field of philosophy of culture and the concept of Mioritic Space, both of which became key concepts in the development of a Romanian national identity.

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