Ion Druță

There is no greater master of realism in the Moldovan literature than Ion Druta. Druta described life at the countryside in very bright colors, without any bias, featuring all the changes occurring in the most important social stratum of that time – the peasants. Peasants went to war and often did not come back; they worked hard but could barely see the results of their work.

All these have been reflected in the novels of the writer who was born in the village Horodiste in Soroca district. The most important writing of Druta is considered the novel "Frunze de dor" (Leaves of nostalgy) , which addresses the lack of understanding between the members of a society that was supposed to be build based on a principle of equality between all people.

The main female characters, childhood friends Rusanda and Domnica, have grown apart because of the difference in their social statuses. Rusanda has graduated a college but has grown away from Domnica and from her beloved Gheorghe, who is unable to understand his girlfriend now that she is more educated.

This conflict, as well as other psychological problems, is the foundation of the entire prose of Druta. This fact is also confirmed by other novels, such as "Pasarile tineretii noastre", (Birds of Our Youth), "Biserica alba" (The White Church), "Ultima luna de toamna" (Last Month of the Fall), etc.

Not even the long absence of Druta (who has settled in Moscow) from Moldova has alienated him from his loyal readers in this homeland, where, in September 2013 they organized a warm reception on the occasion of his 85th birth anniversary. Druta enjoyed high recognition and consideration among the professional and political community as well - in 1987 he was elected in the position of Honorable President of the Writers' Union of Moldova, and in 2008 he was awarded the State Prize of the Republic of Moldova.

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