Sami Damian

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S. Damian (2006)

Sami Damian (sometimes referred to as S. Damian or Samy Damian (born Samuel Druckmann, 18 July 1930, Alba Iulia, Romania - 1 August 2012) was a Romanian-born Jewish literary critic and essayist.

Biography[edit]

Studies[edit]

S. Damian studied at the Jewish "Cultura Max Aziel" middle school in Bucharest, then at the "Mihai Eminescu" Literature and Literary Criticism School in Bucharest (1950-1955), and at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest (diploma received in 1972).

Literary activity[edit]

S. Damian made his debut around 1955/1956 with literary criticism written in the spirit of that age's dogmatism.[1]

He worked for a while as a copy editor for Contemporanul, Gazeta literară, România literară and Luceafărul.

Marginalised for a period of time, he was sent to West Germany in the mid-1970s to teach Romanian language and literature at the University of Heidelberg, after which he defected.[2] He would continue to teach there until 1995.[3]

After the Romanian Revolution of 1989, he published several books of literary criticism, essays, etc.

He married Simona Timaru-Druckmann in 1996.

In 1998 Ion Negoițescu's book Dialoguri după tăcere. Scrisori către S. Damian ("Dialogues after silence. Letters to S. Damian") was published.

He had a twin brother, Marcel.[4]

Books[edit]

  • Generalitatea și individualitatea ideii operei literare (The Generality and Individuality of the Idea of Literary Work), 1955
  • Încercări de analiză literară (Attempts at Literary Analysis), 1956
  • Direcții și tendințe în proza nouă (Directions and Tendencies in the New Prose), 1963
  • Intrarea în castel (Entering the Castle), București, 1970
  • G. Călinescu romancier. Eseu despre măștile jocului (G. Calinescu, Novelist. An Essay on the Game Masks), 1971
  • Scufița Roșie nu mai merge în pădure (Litte Red Riding Hood Does Not Go Into the Woods Anymore), 1994
  • Fals tratat despre psihologia succesului (False Treatise on the Psychology of Success), 1972; ediția București, 1995
  • Duelul invizibil (The Invisible Duel), 1996
  • Replici din burta lupului (Replies From the Wolf's Belly), București, 1997
  • Aruncând mănușa (Throwing the Gauntlet), București, 1999
  • Pivnițe, mansarde, nu puține trepte (Basements, Attics, Not Few Stairs), 2002
  • Aripile lui Icar (The Wings of Icarus), 2004
  • Trepte în sus, trepte în jos (Stairs Up, Stairs Down), 2006
  • Păr de aur, păr de cenușă (Hair of Gold, Hair of Ashes), 2007
  • Nu toți copacii s-au înălțat la cer (Not All the Trees Have Grown to the Sky), 2010
  • Zbor aproape de pământ (Flying Close to the Ground), 2008

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandulescu, Al. (2003, No 34). "Un analist şi un evocator: S. Damian". Romania literara. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dimisianu, Gabriel (2012, No 34). "Deja uitatul S. Damian". Romania literara. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "In memoriam S. Damian". Romania literara. 2012, No 32. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "In memoriam: SAMI DAMIAN" (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 September 2012.