Liviu Cangeopol

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Liviu Cangeopol (born March 28, 1954) is a Romanian writer, journalist, and political dissident.


Born in Iaşi, Liviu Cangeopol studied Languages and Literature in his home town and Accounting and Business Administration in the United States. He made his writing debut in Dialog Magazine (1978). Liviu Cangeopol published his anti-communist book while living under the Romanian Communist Regime (this was an extremely dangerous and rare act, at the time). What Else Could Be Said – Free Discussions in an Occupied Country, (1989—Agora-USA, 1990—Minerva Publishing House, 2000—Nemira Publishing House) with co-author Dan Petrescu.[1]

Cangeopol’s book is a vehement judgment against Romanian Communist Regime and its former President, Nicolae Ceauşescu.[2]

It remains the best critical analysis of the Communist system written in Romania before the fall of the regime. "Narratives Unbound: Historical Studies in Post-communist Eastern Europe" [3]

In April 1988, Paris Daily Libération published an interview with Cangeopol, Be Satisfied Mr. President – Your Name will Remain in History. Broadcast on Radio Free Europe, Cangeopol’s interview accused President Ceausescu of violating human rights and free speech. [4]

In September 1989, just three months before the Romanian Revolution, Liviu Cangeopol immigrated to the United States with his family. He began his journalistic career in New York at Romanian Free World. Cangeopol also published his work in other newspapers such as New York, Romanian Times, Cultural Observator, Contrapunct, Vatra, Flacăra Iaşului, etc.

Cangeopol has been an American citizen since 1996.

Liviu Cangeopol is one of the few Romanian human rights activists whose name appears in Pace of Democratic Reforms and Status of Human Rights in Eastern Europe, written by United States Congress. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Organizations. (U.S. G.P.O., 1990)[5]

After the fall of the communist regime, Liviu Cangeopol’s name was included in Romanian History text books.[6] On December 18, 2006, the new Romanian President, Traian Băsescu, while presenting a report condemning the acts of the former Communist regime, extended special appreciations to Liviu Cangeopol and to six others for the integrity and courage in their fight for justice under the communist regime.[7]

Published work[edit]

  • The Calm Collected in the Storm, (Cartea Romaneasca - Publishing House, 2013)
  • The Smile - A Portrait of Seashore at Dusk, (Humanitas Publishing House, 2007)
  • What Else Could Be Said – Free Discussion in an Occupied Country, (co-author Dan Petrescu) (1989—Agora-USA, 1990—Minerva Publishing House, 2000—Nemira Publishing House).


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