Drives, calls, thorns.
Constantin Munteanu went on, in Bucharest, to study nuclear physics, at that time a pioneering domain in Romania. I am given to understand that he was a dedicated student and, in the years to come, an eminent scientist. He must have pursued his old dream to boot, because his short stories appeared in magazines while he was still a sophomore. His novels, too, were not late in coming out, one every third year, at a slower pace than expected because of communist censorship which, by the way, was very tough on his dramas and scenarios.
He eventually survived, but at what costs? I will hopefully find out, for he called me last month to say he wanted to see me in my "capacity." I do not know for sure, but I can guess it: these long, frustrating, censorship-laden years will have gnawed at him ... I am now waiting for him and, for better for worse, I asked him to send me one of his latest productions (herewith given in extenso) that supposedly provides a faithful psychological portrait of what he is like at this moment. I have already read his novels and I am now leafing through them again, in the hope of getting a fresh picture of the man behind the stories. I also compare notes with an earlier myself who wrote a study a couple of months ago, to describe the personality traits of the Iasi branch of the Writers' Union in Romania (Constantin Munteanu is a member of this branch), also, by comparison, the personality traits of the Association of former Negruzzi High School students who, just like Constantin Munteanu, have a polytechnical training (see Fig. 1.). On average, but a little closer to the artistic personality figures, I might just as well find the figures for Constantin Munteanu. It will be a promising assumption, to begin with.
Bogdan C.S. Pirvu
Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine
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Fig. 1. Personality traits in Romanian literature today Poets Fiction Critics/ Control writers Biographers Group Anxiety (in %) 72 68 48 36 Extraversion (in %) 24 29 32 66 Openness to 71 82 77 66 experience (in %) Note: Table made from bar graph.
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|Title Annotation:||Prelude to "Life histories"|
|Author:||Pirvu, Bogdan C.S.|
|Publication:||Romanian Journal of Artistic Creativity|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2014|
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