Doru Pop was born in Baia Mare on 3 May 1970. He lectures in the Theatre and Television Faculty in Cluj. He attended the Philological and Historical Lyceum in Oradea, graduating in 1988, and read Literature at the Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, graduating in 1994. He was awarded a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Communication by Chapel Hill University, North Carolina, in 2002, and a Doctorate in Philosophy by the Babes Bolyai University in 2003, having defended a thesis on the philosophy of visual culture. He was a Fulbright and Ron Brown scholarship student in 1995 96 and 2000 2002, and taught a course on Romanian film at Bard College, New York, in 2012. He has published collections of essays: Hell’s Elections: Faux Treatise on the Shortcomings of the Native Political...
Novel, Cartea Romaneasca, 2013, 240 pages
A Socialist Soap Opera is written in the first person singular, and is almost savage in its authenticity. The book covers twenty years of communism, from the early 1970s to 1989. Couched as a father’s final letter to his son, childhood and youth in communist Romania are reconstructed using real and imagined episodes that fit together to form a jigsaw puzzle of things past. Against the backdrop of a family story told with both humour and sadness, a son grows up, passing through all the tragi comic phases of conflict with the father figure, encompassing fathers biological, step , symbolic, ideological, present, and absent. As the “golden boy’s” exploits unfold, the idealising gloss of clichés about family, friendship and love rubs away to expose the stony core of a disillusioned awareness. At first sight, Doru Pop’s book might be classed as a fictionalised autobiography. But it is also much more than that: the structure of the laconic sentences and the shifts in the narrative argument, designed to reflect the deepening voice of the child, from the first glimmers of self awareness to incipient adulthood, the diversity of the characters, the impressive array of urban legends, the freshness conveyed by each scene, and the author’s prodigious memory for period details transform this debut into a bildungsroman for an entire generation.