Andrei Lupan and fellow members of the Moldovan Poets Society discuss their next lyrical tribute to the communist state …

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Andrei Lupan (above and below)

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Andrei Lupan ((15 February 1912 – 24 August 1992) was a writer and politician. He served as Chairman of the Writers Union of the Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic (1946–1962), and Secretary on the Board of the USSR Union of Writers (1954–1971). The main themes of Lupan’s poetry were the peasant destiny, human dignity, and honest work as a symbol and purpose of the people.

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Another Moldovian poet (and journalist) and his typewriter are commemorated on this 1987 postal cover and stamp …

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Pavel Botu was born on the 14 July 1933 the youngest son in a family of three girls and two boys. His older brother George was killed at the end of the war, in 1945 in the Czech Republic, and in 1947 his father died, leaving 14 year old Pavel as the only breadwinner in the family.

In the post war years Pavel endured terrible drought and famine. He was recognised at school for his writing and acting talent (he also playing the piano and accordion and published the school newspaper) and his sensitive and intelligent nature.

His poems were first published in 1952. In 1961, he was appointed deputy editor of the Socialist newspaper Moldova Socialist. In 1965, he was elected Chairman of the Board of the Writers’ Union of Moldova, a post he held until February 1987.

In 1973, Botu participated in the International Congress of Peace Forces in Moscow and was the holder of the State Prize in Literature.  In 1984, he was elected Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of MSSR, and was the official Moldovan delegation leader during a trip to America in 1986.

On 17 February 1987, Botu committed suicide during a hunting trip.

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Red Poets Society (Part One)