Luca Pitu - essayist. He also writes under the pseudonym The Teacher from Casvana / Magistrul din Casvana. Born on January14th 1947 in Casvana (Suceava), he is the son of Vasile Pitu and of Magdalena Soldan, peasants.
He graduated from the Faculty of Letters at “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi (1970). A solitary, still he was a member of the group of essaysts around “Dialog” and “Opinia studenteasca” reviews in Iasi.
He made his debut with an essay in “Dialog” in 1975. His first publication in book form was an essay in French dedicated to Romanian classic prose writer Ion Creanga: The Crow Hunter / Le Chasseur de corbeaux (Editions À l’Ecart, Muizon, France, 1986). In Romania, his first book was a volume of essays entitled The Essential Spaceship / Naveta esential
a (Moldova, 1991). He contributed essays to the following literary reviews: “Dialog”, “Opinia Studenteasca”, “Echinox”, “Caiete critice”, “Cahiers Roumains d’Etudes Littéraires”, “Vatra”, “Familia”, “Calende”, “Romania literara”, “Transilvania”, “Convorbiri literare”, “Timpul”, “Orizont”, “Viata Romaneasca”, “Luceafarul”, “Contrapunct”, “Les Cahiers des Amis de Pierre Louys” and to “Monitorul de Iasi” daily newspaper.
After his first book, he published the volumes: Letter to a Western Friend / Lettre a un ami occidental (A l’Ecart, Muizon, 1990); The Romanian Feeling of Self-Hatred / Sentimentul romanesc al urii de sine (Institutul European, 1991, reprinted in 1997); Inseminations of the Teacher of Casvana / Inseminarile Magistrului din Casvana (Institutul European, 1992); At the Hermeneutic Cafe / La cafeneaua hermeneutica (Moldova, 1992, reprinted by Nemira, 1998); Fragments from an Un(?)comfortable Speach / Fragmente dintr-un discurs in(?)comod (Institutul European, 1993); The Last Night of Love, the First Night of Philosophy / Ultima noapte de dragoste, intiia noapte de filosofie (Junimea, 1993); Eros, Doxa & Logos (Institutul European, 1995); The Essential Spaceship / Naveta esentiala (second edition. Moldova, 1995); The Compendium of Current Follies / Breviarul nebuniilor curente (Timpul, 1996, reprinted by Institutul European, 1998). He was awarded the following prizes: the prize for the best book of essays of the Writers’ Union of Romania, a prize that he refused (1991); prizes for best essays by “Poesis” literary review (1995) and “Convorbiri literare” literary review (1996).
In 1990 he travelled to Pakistan and India. Between 1992 and 1994 he was a lecturer of Romanian language at the University of Nancy. At present, the author teaches theory of translation and logics of the fictional discourse at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Iasi (the French department). His work was reviewed by several authors, such as: Mircea Mihaies - A San - A Among Words / Un San - A printre cuvinte (“Orizont”. January 31st, 1992); Aurel Pantea - Luca Pitu the Illocutionary / Luca Pitu Ilocutionarul (“Vatra”, no. 5/1992); Cornel Moraru - The Romanian Feeling of Self-Hatred / Sentimentul romanesc al urii de sine (“Vatra”, no. 5/1992); Dan C. Mihailescu - The Wonder of Casvana / Nazdravanul din Casvana (the cultural supplement of “Cotidianul” newspaper, May 25th 1992); Traian Stef (“Familia”, December 1996): Alex. Stefanescu - The Scholar and the Liberal / Erudit si libertin (“Romania literara”, March 10-17th 1997); Gheorghe Grigurcu - The Teacher of Casvana / Magistrul din Casvana (“Romania literara”, April 8th-16th 1998); Luminita Fassel (“Vatra”, no. 11/1998), and Ruxandra Cesereanu (“Vatra”, no. 11/1998).