Dumitru Crudu

Dumitru Crudu

Dumitru Crudu (b. 1967, Flutura, Ungheni, a village in the centre of the Soviet Republic of Moldavia, now the Republic of Moldova) debuted with the simultaneous publication of two collections of poems: Falsul Dimitrie (The False Dimitri) and E închis, vă rugăm nu insistaţi (Closed, Please Do Not Insist). In 1998, Crudu collaborated with Marius Ianuş to issue the Fracturist Manifesto which declares: ”During the night of 10th September, we were beaten up in the street. Since then we have been calling our writings fractures.” Thus the word ”fracture” must first be interpreted physically, and only then as a break with the literary populace. ”Fracturism defies the library rats,” the manifesto continues, ”and the prizewinning poets, as well as the poetry written on faculty degree certificates. Fracturism is a movement developed by writers who write as they live, and who banish social lies from their poetry. The writers joining the movement have no hope of a career or ambitions, they do not see art as the kind of business to profit from.”

In 2003, Dumitru Crudu won a competition for best play organised by the Romanian Drama Society and the Princess Margareta of Romania Fund, which put his career firmly and profitably on the rails. To date, he has written seven plays, some of which have been filmed. His plays also found an audience outside the Romanian-speaking region, with performances in Bulgaria, Germany, France, Haiti, Italy, Cameroon and Sweden. When he turned forty, Crudu switched to writing prose, including the novel Măcel în Georgia (Slaughter in Georgia), 2008, and the collected stories Salutări lui Troţki (Greetings to Trotsky), 2016. Crudu’s narrative poems recount personal histories and, at the same time, paint a more general picture of life in the former Soviet republic. Crudu’s poetry humorously sheds light on everyday life, but also on major topics such as illness and death.

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