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]


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]


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]


Novels written in Romanian[edit]

Bibliography in English[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". 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). Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Petru Popescu: De ce am plecat din România, devenind transfug în 1974?" (in Romanian). 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). 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
  15. ^ IMDB: Petru Popescu