He then earned his living as an apprentice to a tavern -keeper, then as a pastry cook and peddler. In the meantime, he was a prolific reader. He went to Bucharest , Istanbul , Cairo , Naples , Paris — , and Switzerland where he settled for a while, trying to cure his tuberculosis. Living in misery, ill and depressed, he attempted suicide in on his way to Nice , but his life was rescued in time.
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He then earned his living as an apprentice to a tavern -keeper, then as a pastry cook and peddler. In the meantime, he was a prolific reader. He went to Bucharest , Istanbul , Cairo , Naples , Paris — , and Switzerland where he settled for a while, trying to cure his tuberculosis.
Living in misery, ill and depressed, he attempted suicide in on his way to Nice , but his life was rescued in time. Shortly before the attempt, he had written to Romain Rolland , the French writer he admired most and with whom he had long tried to get in touch. Rolland received the letter through the Police and immediately replied. It became the first in his Adrien Zograffi literary cycle. The next major work by Istrati was the novel Codine. Istrati is the first Romanian author to write a novel — Chira Chiralina — in which a character is homosexual.
In he visited the Soviet Union on the anniversary of the October Revolution , accompanied by Christian Rakovsky during the first stage of the journey Rakovsky was Soviet ambassador to Paris, and by then already falling out of favor with Joseph Stalin.
He travelled through large sections of the European part, witnessing celebrations in Moscow and Kiev. He was joined in Moscow by his future close friend, Nikos Kazantzakis ; while in the city, Panait Istrati met Victor Serge and expressed his wish to become a citizen of the Soviet Union. He and Kazantzakis wrote Stalin a congratulatory letter that remained unanswered. In —29, after a tumultuous stay in Greece where he was engaged in fights with the police and invited to leave the country , he went again to the Soviet Union.
Istrati dealt with the mounting persecution of Old Bolsheviks and the gradual victimization of whole population groups. His views were also harshly made clear in two letters he sent to the GPU leadership in December Thereafter, he suffered a crisis of conscience mainly due to being branded a " Trotskyist " or even a " Fascist " by his former communist friends, the most violent of which proved to be Henri Barbusse.
Istrati came back to Romania ill and demoralised, was treated for tuberculosis in Nice, then returned to Bucharest. Funeral of Panait Istrati in April The political opinions Istrati expressed after his split with Bolshevism are rather ambiguous.
He was buried in Bellu Cemetery. Oprea, translation by Eugen Barbu, vol.
Zulubei The year-old boy makes friends with Codin, who is a double murderer and a respected and istraati figure of the neighborhood. Full Cast and Crew. Aboard his steamer, he meets a fellow passenger from steerage, Moussa, a Romanian Jew who is traveling to Alexandria, Eg User Reviews not so bad 2 December by Kirpianuscus — See all my reviews. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Codin si Chira Chiralina 6. Start your free trial. Codin si Chira Chiralina Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.
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