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 ] His debut was a collection of poems, [2 ] 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 or 1974 while in England on a private trip related to the English translation of his book [4 ] Sfârşitul bahic, [1 ] taught comparative literature in Great Britain, [5 ] and moved to the United States in 1975, where he studied at the Center for Advanced Film Studies of the [6 ] American Film Institute. [7 ] The Romanian government tried him for treason. In Romania his books were banned. [8 ] [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. 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 ] [15 ] 1972 - Drum în penumbră - as producer 1977 - (aka Black Rain in USA) - The Last Wave Ultimul val - as producer 1982 - (1982) (uncredited) ... aka Friday the 13th Part III 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 ] ^ 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. ^ Sasu, Aurel (2006). Dictionarul biografic al literaturii romana. Pitesti: Paralela 45. pp. 410–411. ^ "Petru POPESCU". http://iwp.uiowa.edu . Retrieved . August 3, 2014 ^ 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 ^ "Petru Popescu: De ce am plecat din România, devenind transfug în 1974?" (in Romanian). jurnalul.ro. October 19, 2010 . Retrieved . August 3, 2014 ^ 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 ^ Kleiner, Dick (14 August 1984). "Romanian Director Finds Pleasure in American Life". Ocala Star-Banner. ^ "DOCUMENTAR - Petru Popescu, un scriitor care crede că lipsa de țeluri este cea mai mare nefericire" (in Romanian). Agerpres . Retrieved . August 3, 2014 ^ Petrakos, Chris (June 5, 1996). "Petru Popescu's `Almost Adam' Is No Great Discovery". Chicago Tribune . Retrieved . August 3, 2014 ^ Nedelcovici, Bujor (No. 12, 2001). "Sîntem cu toţii inocenţi?" (in Romanian). Romania literara . Retrieved . August 3, 2014 ^ Roseti, Roxana (October 11, 2009). " (in Romanian). jurnalul.ro "Bună ziua, domnule Petru Popescu, bună ziua, Beverly Hills! "" . Retrieved . August 3, 2014 ^ "Redford Helps Romanian Director". Toledo Blade. 19 August 1984. ^ "Thanks to Robert Redford-Independent Filmmaker Gets Chance to Prove His Ability". Schenectady Gazette. 21 July 1984. ^ ^ 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 ^ IMDB: Petru Popescu