Petru Popescu

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Petru Popescu (born February 1, 1944 in Bucharest, Romania) is a Romanian-American writer, director and movie producer, author of best-selling novels Almost Adam and Amazon Beaming.

Romanian beginnings[edit]

The son of theater critic Radu Popescu and actress Nelly Cutava, he graduated from the Spiru Haret high-school, after which he studied English language and literature at Bucharest University.[1][2] His debut was a collection of poems, Zeu printre blocuri ("A God Between Apartment Buildings"). In 1969, he published Prins ("Caught").

He went on a Herder scholarship to Vienna (1971–1972), and in 1973 participated in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.[3]

Emigration[edit]

After participating in the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, Popescu defected in 1973[4] or 1974 while in England on a private trip related to the English translation of his book Sfârşitul bahic,[1][5] taught comparative literature in Great Britain,[6] and moved to the United States in 1975, where he studied at the Center for Advanced Film Studies of the American Film Institute.[7][8] The Romanian government tried him for treason.[citation needed] In Romania his books were banned.[9]

At he time of his defection he was the Union of Communist Youth secretary of the Romanian Writers' Union and a candidate member of the Central Committee of the Union of Communist Youth.[10]

In the USA, he married Iris Friedman, with whom he has two children: Adam and Chloe.[11]

Sundance[edit]

Popescu received a letter from Robert Redford inviting him to submit a script for consideration for the Sundance Film Festival.[citation needed] In 1983, Popescu took Death of an Angel to Sundance, where the script came to near finalization. The festival enabled him to find backers for the film, which was released in 1986.[12][13]

Works[edit]

Novels written in Romanian[edit]

  • 1969 - Prins
  • 1970 - Dulce ca mierea e glonţul patriei
  • 1973 - Să creşti într-un an cât alţii într-o zi
  • 1973 - Sfârşitul bahic
  • 1974 - Copiii Domnului
  • 1993 - Înainte şi după Edith
  • 2002 - Întoarcerea
  • 2003 - În coasta lui Adam
  • 2008 - Urme în Timp
  • 2009 - Supleantul

Bibliography in English[edit]

[14]

  • 1973 - Bough
  • 1974 - Blues
  • 1975 - Burial of the vine
  • 1975 - Boxes, Stairs & Whistle Time
  • Popescu, Petru (1977). The Last Wave. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0-207-13591-6. 
  • 1978 - Before and After Edith
  • Popescu, Petru (1989). In Hot Blood. New York: Fawcett Gold Medal. ISBN 0-449-14554-9. 
  • Popescu, Petru (1991). Amazon Beaming. New York: Viking. ISBN 0-670-82997-8. 
  • Popescu, Petru (1996). Almost Adam : a novel. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 0-688-14863-8. 
  • Popescu, Petru (1997). The Return. New York: Grove Press. ISBN 0-8021-1613-2. 
  • Popescu, Petru (2001). The Oasis: A Memoir of Love and Survival in a Concentration Camp. New York: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 0-312-27869-1. 
  • Popescu, Petru (2001). Weregirls: Birth of the Pack. New York: Tor Teen. ISBN 978-0-7653-1641-7. 
  • 2008 - Weregirls: Through the Moon Glass
  • Popescu, Petru (2008). Footprints in Time. New York: Laura Geringer Books. ISBN 978-0-06-088400-0. 
  • Popescu, Petru (2009). Girl Mary. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4165-3263-7. 

Movies[edit]

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  • 1972 - Drum în penumbră - as producer
  • 1977 - The Last Wave (aka Black Rain in USA) - Ultimul val - as producer
  • 1982 - Friday the 13th Part III (1982) (uncredited) ... aka Friday the 13th Part 3 (USA: video title)
  • 1984 - Obsessive Love - (TV, story) - as writer
  • 1986 - Death of an Angel - Moartea unui înger - as director
  • 1988 - Emma: Queen of the South Seas TV mini-series - as writer
  • 1994 - Nobody's Children (TV)- as writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Giorgioni, Remus Valeriu; Buiciuc, Constantin (No. 46, 2000). "PETRU POPESCU - "Sînt multe momente cînd tresare în mine România şi nu încerc să le reprim"" (in Romanian). Romania literara.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Sasu, Aurel (2006). Dictionarul biografic al literaturii romana. Pitesti: Paralela 45. pp. 410–411. 
  3. ^ "Petru POPESCU". http://iwp.uiowa.edu. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Tuca, Marius (November 20, 2009). "Petru Popescu: "M-am despărţit de Zoia pentru că mi-era frică de Ceauşescu"" (in Romanian). jurnalul.ro. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Petru Popescu: De ce am plecat din România, devenind transfug în 1974?" (in Romanian). jurnalul.ro. October 19, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ Constantin, Dumitru (January 17, 2011). "În 1976, Petru Popescu declara româna o limbă folclorică şi-l critica pe Soljeniţîn" (in Romanian). Cotidianul. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kleiner, Dick (14 August 1984). "Romanian Director Finds Pleasure in American Life". Ocala Star-Banner. 
  8. ^ "DOCUMENTAR - Petru Popescu, un scriitor care crede că lipsa de țeluri este cea mai mare nefericire" (in Romanian). Agerpres. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Petrakos, Chris (June 5, 1996). "Petru Popescu's `Almost Adam' Is No Great Discovery". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ Nedelcovici, Bujor (No. 12, 2001). "Sîntem cu toţii inocenţi?" (in Romanian). Romania literara. Retrieved August 3, 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ Roseti, Roxana (October 11, 2009). ""Bună ziua, domnule Petru Popescu, bună ziua, Beverly Hills!"" (in Romanian). jurnalul.ro. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Redford Helps Romanian Director". Toledo Blade. 19 August 1984. 
  13. ^ "Thanks to Robert Redford-Independent Filmmaker Gets Chance to Prove His Ability". Schenectady Gazette. 21 July 1984.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  14. ^ ^ Google books: Petru Popescu http://books.google.com/books?as_auth=Petru+Popescu&source=an&ei=SVIbSp-tAdSCkQX61sX-DA&sa=X&oi=book_group&ct=title&cad=author-navigational&resnum=4
  15. ^ IMDB: Petru Popescu