Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, Vol 10, No 2 (2017)

Panait Istrati – International Adventurer and Writer

Alina Beatrice Chesca


Panait Istrati - the "vagabond" born in Brăila - is a totally atypical personality in
Romanian literature. He graduated only four elementary grades and Eugen Lovinescu
considered him the only writer in our literature with "14 jobs lacking intellectuality."
In 1907 he left Romania clandestinely and for a long time he traveled to Egypt,
Syria, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey, France, Switzerland. For a great while, the man Panait
Istrati was one of the mysterious figures of the interwar period.
This "Balkan Gorki", as Romain Rolland called him, was translated into 30
languages, ​​in countries like Turkey, France, Denmark, Portugal, Japan, former
Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
The Danube of his hometown was to mark his wandering soul for ever and his life
was always under the sign of adventure, exploration, feeling, knowledge and
revolutionary ideas. Even if he was sick or hungry, homeless, sunburnt or frostbitten,
Panait Istrati never gave up fighting and always felt a fascinating voluptuousness of life.



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