Dumitru Radu Popescu

Dumitru Radu Popescu

Dumitru Radu Popescu (Romanian pronunciation: [duˈmitru ˈradu poˈpesku]; born August 19, 1935) is a Romanian novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist, short story writer, and formerly communist politician. A former member of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party (1979-1980), he is a corresponding member of the Romanian Academy and was, between 1980 and 1990, Chairman of the Romanian Writers' Union.

His 1973 novel Vînatoarea Regală ("The Royal Hunt") was translated into English in 1988.



Born in Păuşa village, Nojorid (Bihor County), he attended the Cluj University of Medicine and the University of Cluj's Faculty of Philology. Popescu then worked as a reporter for the literary magazine Steaua from 1956 to 1969, and then as editor of Tribuna magazine, from 1969 to 1982. From 1982 he was editor in chief of Contemporanul.

He received the Prize of the Romanian Writers' Union on five occasions (in 1964, 1969, 1974, 1977 and 1980), and the Prize of the Romanian Academy in 1970.



  • Zilele Saptămânii ("Weekdays", 1959)
  • Vara Oltenilor ("The Oltenians' Summer", 1964)
  • Vînatoarea Regală ("The Royal Hunt", 1973) ISBN 0704300443
  • O bere pentru calul meu ("A Beer for my Horse", 1974)
  • Ploile de Dincolo de Vreme ("Rains Beyond Time", 1976)
  • Împaratul Norilor ("Emperor of the Clouds", 1976)
  • Iepurele şchiop ("The Lame Rabbit", 1980)
  • Oraşul îngerilor ("The Angels' City", 1985)

Short story collections

  • Fuga ("Flight", 1958)
  • Fata de la Miazăzi ("A Girl from the South", 1964)
  • Somnul Pamîntului ("The Earth's Sleep", 1965)
  • Dor ("Longing", 1966)
  • Umbrela de Soare ("Parasol", 1967)
  • Prea mic pentru un război aşa de mare ("Too Little for Such a Big War", 1969)
  • Duios Anastasia trecea ("Tenderly Anastasia Passed", 1967)
  • Leul Albastru ("The Blue Lion", 1981)


  • Vara imposibilei iubiri ("The Summer of Impossible Love", 1966)
  • Vis ("Dream", 1968)
  • Aceşti îngeri trişti ("Those Sad Angels", 1969)
  • Pisica în noaptea Anului Nou ("Cat on New Year's Eve", 1970)
  • Pasărea Shakespeare ("The Shakespeare Bird", 1973)
  • Rugaciune pentru un disc-jockey ("Pray for a DJ", 1981)
  • Rezervaţia de pelicani ("The Pelican Reservation", 1983)


  • Câinele de Fosfor ("The Phosphorus Dog", 1981)


  • Virgule ("Commas", 1978)

Further reading

  • Mirela Roznoveanu, Dumitrui Radu Popescu, Bucharest, Editura Albatros, 1981
  • Valentin Taşcu, Dincoace şi dincolo de „F”, Cluj, Editura Dacia, 1981
  • Marian Popescu, Chei pentru labirint, Bucharest, Editura Cartea Românească, 1986
  • Andreea Vlădescu Lupu, Dumitru Radu Popescu, Bucharest, Editura Eminescu, 1987
  • Sorin Crişan, Circul lumii la D. R. Popescu, Cluj, Editura Dacia, 2002

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