Ghérasim Luca (3217 words)

Elena Ciocoiu (Université de Paris IV Sorbonne)
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I write because my sensitivity is riddled with grave and unpermitted questions. (Gherasim Luca, in an interview given to Facla, a Romanian magazine, on the 28th of June 1935; quoted in Inventatorul iubirii și alte scrieri, p. 333, my translation)

Gherasim Luca, one of the most innovative poets writing in French in the second half of the twentieth century, was a prominent member of the European avant-garde. Luca (whose original name was Salman or Zolman Locker) was born in Bucharest, in 1913, in an Ashkenazi Jewish family. It can be argued that the fact that he grew up in an environment where he spoke Yiddish, Romanian, French and German influenced the way in which his …

Citation: Ciocoiu, Elena. "Ghérasim Luca". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 September 2015 [, accessed 17 April 2021.]

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