# readDobrogea: Centenary Pavel Chihaya – Brilliant character, from rare intellectual clothes

  • employment April 23 1922Born author Pavel Chihaya, a talented novelist, prolific essayist and eminent art historian, with a particular interest in research of medieval Roman culture. He had a “Labyrinth” fate, with periods of amazing ups and downs, with promising beginnings, but also with difficult years in which he was persecuted.

Today we are happy to pay tribute to the great writer, who distinguished the culture of the Dobrogea space and whose works the younger generation has yet to discover.
Pavel Chihaya, whose centenary today we celebrate, left vivid memories among those who knew him, his memories are present in Constanta, especially in his soul school, the College “Mercia sel Patran”, where the group is. His publications, a self-portrait in the Mercian Writers Gallery, and his name on the High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
In deference to the writer’s wish, his family last fall managed to digitize all the scroll manuscripts and audio tapes, and donated to the library of the Roman Academy the entire personal archive of Pavel Chihaya.

Pavel Chihaya was born April 23 1922in Corbia, Olt County, arrived in Constanta at the age of four and was adopted by an aunt, after the unfortunate death of his mother.
Between 1941 and 1945 he was a student at the Faculty of Arts in Bucharest, then worked as an employee of the General Directorate of Theaters until 1948. His first play “The Magic of the Night” (1945) was awarded the “Young Writers” award. The Royal Institutions Award, published by the Royal Publishing House.
His first novel, “Blocada”, by Pietro Komarnescu, combines the charm of the landscapes of Dobrogia and the mysteries of the port of Constanta with a modern vision whose prospects belong to world literature. It was a promising start, but it disappeared due to the persecution of the Stalinist authorities, when he was forced to give up writing and lost himself in petty and humiliating jobs.
He was part of the anti-communist organization “Mihai Emenscu”, along with Vladimir Strino, Constant Tonegaro, Iordan Schmidt and Marie Aleppe Baral.


In 1958 he worked at the Institute of Art History, Department of Medieval Arts, where, between 1958 and 1978, he conducted seventy studies on the history of culture and art, which subsequently appeared in five volumes entitled Medieval Art. Doctoral thesis at the Sorbonne, Paris 1973 “published under the title”.Immortality and Decay in Medieval Art.


In 1978, he and his wife, Maria Ioana, applied for political asylum in Germany and settled in Munich, where he held the position of education advisor at the French high school “Jean Renoir” and collaborated in Radio Free Europe.


He resumed his literary activity, writing two novels with nuances in his autobiography. The first, The Sandy Frontier, which began in the 1950s and has been hidden in a drawer for half a century, describes the Stalinist era from the point of view of young intellectuals seeking to flee Romania. The second, The Controversy of the Soul with the Body, examines the experience of exile with reference to Western reality and the religious sense of orthodoxy.

Although he left the country at the age of 55 and lived the rest of his life in Germany, nostalgia always accompanied him, and the association with the Romanian language, with friends and the graves of his loved ones made him always return to Constanta, the city of his childhood and youth.. a first milestone in his intellectual development.

In 2010, Constanța’s Ex Ponto Publishing House published in a ten-volume set, the complete work, containing volumes of fiction and reminiscences, but also articles on art history: Blocada, Volume 1, Înfăptuiri Ponice, Volume 2, Hotarul de sand, vol. 3, Past and present, vol. 4, Romanian Culture and European Culture, vol. 5, Monuments from the seat Cities of Wallachia, vol. 6, Teachings and myths in Wallachia, vol. 7, Wallachia between Byzantium and the West, Vol. 8, Searches on the Horizon of Time, Volume 9, in addition to the doctoral thesis he defended at the Sorbonne, Immortality and Decay in Medieval Art, Vol. 10.
I got out June 18, 2019. In the fall of the same year, the Dobrogia branch of the Union of Romanian Writers celebrated the memory of Pavel Chehaia, at a party organized in the Provincial Library of In Roman in Constanta, in the presence of his wife and son, who had come from Germany. Then the family donated to the library the bust of the writer made by the sculptor Dumitru Dimo.

On the occasion of the centenary, Professor Vasili Nikoari, Director of the College of Mercia Sele Patran, has made a video in which he evokes the man and writer Pavel Chihaya, we invite you to watch it:

Read also:

# citeșteDobrogea The launch of the double issue of Ex Ponto, an event commemorating writer Pavel Chihaya, with the presence of the family

An interview with Prof. Dr. Matti Chihaya, about the writer Pavel Chihaya “imbued with human landscapes, steppes and stories of Dobrogia”

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