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De la bucur andreea De la Maria Odorescu De la munteanu mircea De la zadic ioana

Leonard Oprea

Informaţii pentru profil

Preocuparile tale artistice:
scriitor, poet, editor, promotor cultural, interesat de cultura, jurnalist, pasionat de lectura, dansator, artist
Despre mine :
LEONARD OPREA is a contemporary Romanian-American writer.
He was born in Prejmer, a village in Braşov (Kronstadt) County in the eastern part of Transylvania, central Romania.
Leonard Oprea was an anti-communist dissident in Romania during Ceausescu’s dictatorship. Between 1980 and 1987 he published one book and some short stories in the most important literary reviews and won many national literary prizes. After 1987 the Securitate, the secret police of the Communist regime, officially forbade the publication of his writings, considering them subversive.
In 1995 as editor and owner of Athena Publishing House of Bucharest, Romania, Leonard Oprea (at Athena Publishing House) has published 3 bilingual (English-Romanian translations by the professor Bogdan Stefanescu, from Bucharest University, Romania) editions with works by the former candidate of Nobel Prize for Literature, the poet Nichita Stanescu; essays by the philosopher Constantin Noica and by the famous American-Romanian philosopher of Religions, Mircea Eliade. These 3 bilingual and bibliophile editions have been distributed to the Library of Congress, USA, and to the Libraries of Universities and Cultural Institutes from Europe, America and Japan - for a better knowledge of the Romanian Culture values.

A graduate of the University of Braşov, he specialized in mass-media communication at the University of California at Chico in 1990.

Between 2003 and 2007 Leonard Oprea published social and philosophical essays, short stories, and his Breathings (see on “Books originally in Romanian”) in the American-Romanian social and cultural magazines from New York and Portland, Oregon - New York Magazin and Romanian Times, USA.
Between 2005 and 2007 he published cultural and philosophical essays, and short stories in the Canadian-Romanian cultural magazine Atheneum, from, Vancouver, Canada.

Since 1999 he has been living in the USA, currently in Boston, Massachusetts .


Books originally in Romanian:

Domenii interzise (Forbidden areas), short stories and novellas; Albatros Publishing House, 1984; (from this book, the novella “Colonia” took the Great Romanian National Prize of Romanian Science-Fiction Convention, Iasi, Romania, 1981).

Radiografia clipei (The x-ray of an instant), short stories and novellas banned in Communist Romania in 1987; Editura Dacia, 1990, Romania; the second edition with critical references, Curtea Veche Publishing House, 2003, Romania.

Cămaşa de forţă (The Straitjacket), novel banned in Communist Romania 1988; Editura Nemira, 1992; second edition; foreword by Liviu Antonesei and critical references, Curtea Veche Publishing House, 2004; foreword by Gelu Vlasin; electronic book by “LiterNet” www.liternet.ro/, 2005, Romania.

Theophil Magus - Confesiuni 2004-2006 (Theophil Magus - Confessions 2004-2006), American and Romanian essays; with a foreword by Vladimir Tismăneanu; Universal Dalsi Publishing House, 2007.(In this book Leonard Oprea created the Breathing, an original type of essay in Romanian and world literature. The Breathing is a short, simple yet profound meditation on human condition, a meditation ended by a haiku. But---this haiku does not finish the meditation. In fact, it reopens this reflection to new questions and responses on human destiny. There are 100 Breathings in Leonard Oprea's work "Theophil Magus--Confessions 2004-2006").

Cele Nouă Invăţături ale lui Theophil Magus despre Magia Transilvană (The Nine Teachings of Theophil Magus on Transylvanian Magic), Polirom Publishing House - 2000, Romania; electronic book by “LiterNet” www.liternet.ro/, 2003, Romania.

The Book Of Theophil Magus Or 40 Tales About Man (Cartea lui Theophil Magus sau 40 de Poveşti despre Om), with a foreword by Liviu Antonesei; Polirom Publishing House - 2001, Romania. Paperback English version published in the United States by Ingram Book Group, 2003; new edition at AuthorHouse, 2004. ISBN 141075278X (Trade Paperback);electronic book by “LiterNet” www.liternet.ro/ , 2004, Romania.

Meditaţiile lui Theophil Magus sau Simple Cugetări Creştine la Începutul Mileniului III (The Meditations of Theophil Magus or Simple Christian Thoughts at the Beginning of the Third Millennium) - Polirom Publishing House - 2002, Romania; electronic book by “LiterNet” www.liternet.ro/ , 2004, Romania.

Books originally in English:

Theophil Magus in Baton Rouge – a haiku novel (“Xlibris”/Random House Ventures, 2007, USA /Library of Congress Control Number: 2007909824/ ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-4363-0966-0/Softcover 978-1-4363-0965-3)(In Romania, Leonard Oprea is a distinguished writer. In my opinion, here in the USA, Leonard Oprea could make a genuine contribution to our current writing landscape. His narrative of his immigrant experience is felicitously captured in his novel in haiku./Andrei Codrescu - American poet, author, NPR commentator)
Trilogy of Theophil Magus – the Truth (“Xlibris”/Random House Ventures, 2008, USA /Library of Congress Control Number: 2008901520/ ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-4363-2366-6/Softcover 978-1-4363-2365-9)(In Trilogy of Theophil Magus’ 40 Tales about Man, a great variety of sacred and profane themes, archaic, mythical, contemporary /Moses, Gandhi, Christmas, children, journalism, pilgrimage etc./serves as vivid stimulation for this literary adventure, written with humor, knowledge and wit…in an inviting dialogue with the reader. /Norman Manea - American novelist, essayist);(The Truth, the second book of Trilogy of Theophil Magus is situated in the strange no man’s land where everyday life becomes truly magical. I consider these writings as splendid expressions of a unique vision of our fragmented but marvelously exciting world. Leonard Oprea’s style combines a discovery of hidden meanings of words with a fabulous sense of secret humor. His works received the highest praises from the most influential critics, who rightly compared his vision to works by Thomas Mann, Borges or Paulo Coelho./Vladimir Tismăneanu - American philosopher, author, essayist)

Theophil Magus living in Boston - Anna-Maria 101 breathings (“Xlibris”/Random House Ventures, 2011, USA /Library of Congress Control Number: 2011910709/ ISBN: Hardcover 1-4628-9476-3 & 978-1-4628-9476-5/Softcover 1-4628-9475-5 & 978-1-4628-9475-8/ebook 1-4628-9477-1 & 978-1-4628-9476-5) (In Theophil Magus living in Boston - Anna-Maria 101 breathings, "Leonard Oprea's dominant perspective is one of a cold objectivity, too little disposed to easy emotions, other than those hidden, profound feelings and questions. Themes are the life purpose, the ultimate springs of human actions... Intelligence, laconic sarcasm, humor, right targeting. How could we not be indebted to the author? He put his talent of storytelling to serve an exhortation which is nothing else than the health response in the presence of the morbid, the simplicity in the face of artificial, the man-loving of light against darkness and evil./Nicolae Steinhardt – European philosopher, essayist and author); “A novelist and essayist of Leonard Oprea's literary value does not need any introduction. From no one.” /Valeriu Gherghel – European philosopher, essayist, literary critic and author)
The Daily Agony of Theophil Magus - Jazz & Blues Haiku Novel for Anna-Maria (“Xlibris”/Random House Ventures, 2012, USA /Library of Congress Control Number: 2012908901/ ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-4771-1431-5 /Softcover 978-1-4771-1430-8/ebook 978-1-4771-1432-2) (From the back-cover: “A genuine jazz & blues haiku-novel worldwide: almost 170 haiku illustrated by almost 170 masterpieces of jazz and blues… this is my confession about the America’s promised-land of loneliness where, like in Kafka’s “Penal Colony”: “Guilt is always beyond any doubt”./Theophil Magus – European Novelist, Haijin); “A text in haiku, jazz, blues; the real news of the world; each haiku enters the body, enters the heart, rests there and then explodes, explodes in hot emotions, explodes in intelligence, heat and light; our hearts beat faster: we are more awake, more alive; pulled forward into the story, into the stories of our times, our lives, the story of our hearts, beating. Listen, the story will change your heart, and that will change the world. Hello, Hello! Are you breathing?” /Gary Lawless – American Poet, Essayist, Editor)

Theophil Magus in America – 1001 Respirații / Breathings
( Kron-Art Publishing House , Brașov, Romania, 2013 / ISBN 978-973-1778-55-6 / reviews by Mirela Roznoveanu and Valeriu Gherghel)
(A novelist and essayist of Leonard Oprea's literary value does not need any introduction. From no one./Valeriu Gherghel – European philosopher, essayist, literary critic and author)

Hello God
( Trilogy of Theophil Magus- The Life / Volume III )
(Xlibris Corporation/Random House Ventures/ USA 2013 / Library of Congress Control Number: 2013917769/ ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-4931-0719-3/ Softcover 978-1-4931-0718-6/ Ebook 978-1-4931-0720-9 - Kindle amamzon.com ; Nook barnesandnoble.com ) ( essay-novel, 400 pages, illustrated, foreword by Jeff Howe; back-cover quotes by Vladimir Tismăneanu, Nicolae Steinhardt)
(The works of Leonard Oprea are within the sphere of philosophical thinking represented by S. Kierkegaard, V. Soloviov or Teilhard de Chardin. Though similar, his works are not inspired, nor influenced by the writings of these Christian philosophers. The special importance and the crystal-clear beauty of Leonard Oprea’s meditations are revealed by his diamond ideal of
humankind’s Salvation through Faith. “Hello, God”, the third volume of Trilogy of Theophil Magus, is an unique book worldwide. It inspires and thrills the reader making him ready for a sincere and responsible meditation on the human condition, now, at the dawn of the third millennium. /Vladimir Tismaneanu - philosopher, essayist and author/
Leonard Oprea’s dominant perspective is one of cold objectivity, relying little on easy emotions, with the exception of hidden, profound feelings and questions. Themes are his life’s purpose - the ultimate springs of human actions... Intelligence, laconic sarcasm, humor, right targeting. How could we not be indebted to the author? He put his talent of storytelling to
serve as exhortation which is a healthy response in the presence of the morbid, the simplistic in the face of artifi cial, the man-loving of light against darkness and evil. / Nicolae Steinhardt - philosopher, essayist and author)
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Postat în Septembrie 23, 2016 la 5:00pm 0 Comentarii





(Povestită în anul 2003 și publicată, prima oară, în an 2004, această amară tristețe este o profeție ce încă se împlinește cu brio…



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„... și astăzi de ce nu te întrebi: … și astăzi ?! ...” (Theophil…



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În diversitatea existenței sale Satan este aproape infinit, doar Dumnezeu fiind infinit și bun.

Astfel, modul exemplar de a-l ispiti pe Satan să vina asupra ta și să te locuiască, este acela de a-ți spune:

Răul nu este decît…



Postat în Septembrie 14, 2016 la 9:00pm 0 Comentarii


Destul de recent, mi s-a întîmplat să mă aflu într-o catedrală.

O catedrală vestită, dintr-o mare și faimoasa metropolă americană.

Era într-o zi cu soare, pe la oră prinzului. După slujba de dimineață.

Stăteam eu așa, în genunchi în fața Icoanei Domnului nostru Iisus Christos, acolo, lîngă altar. Cu ochii închiși și palmele împreunate în dreptul…



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„Cine cunoaște inima Șoimului?

Doar Dumnezeu Domnul este zborul său.”

(Theophil Magus)…


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La 11:20am în Septembrie 5, 2013, MIHAELA VIRGINIA MOSCALIUC a spus...

Mă simt onorată... nici nu știți cât! Și nu vă trimit cadouri... deși asta e ”tradiția”, pentru că ați primit lacrimile mele de bucurie și,alte ori, de tristețe în fața postărilor dvs., scrise și ”tran-spuse” din adâncul unui suflet super și infra-uman! Vă mulțumesc pentru tot ce ne dăruiți!

La 11:20am în Martie 23, 2012, FLOARE PETROV a spus...

imi este sufletul deschis pentru Prietenie. sa ne cunoastem, sa ne sustinem convingerile prin care Universul si Creatorul lumii Dumnezeu este fericit sa  ne creasca de la homosapiens la homoluminus.

iti multumesc pentru eforturile  spiritului tau, pentru increderea pe care o insamintezi printre lumile atit de dezorientate. este sensul fundamental de RENASTERE, de inviere pe care primavara ni-l aminteste an de an. ne face sa vedem ca avem chipul si asemanarea Mamei Dumnezeie- Planeta pamint.

 primeste o panglica si o sampanie virtuala pentru Prietenia noastra si pentru cele magice cu naturile vegetale, umane, animale, astrale ale orizonturilor terestre.

 o viata frumoasa si prospera iti doresc .

La 12:30am on Martie 23, 2012, Maria Odorescu i-a dăruit utilizatorului Leonard Oprea un cadou...
mulţumesc că la miez de noapte mi-am găsit un prieten intru,.. Domnul, sînt onorato să aveţi o noapte frumoasă şi liniştită,.. OM
La 1:34pm on Martie 01, 2012, Ionel Petrisor i-a dăruit utilizatorului Leonard Oprea un cadou...
Buna multumire pentru virtuala prieteniece este bine venita si primita la fel in singuratatea mea. Cu respect va multumesc !
La 4:45pm on Ianuarie 16, 2012, Coroian (Gainaru) Alina Dana i-a dăruit utilizatorului Leonard Oprea un cadou...
Bun venit pe grupul Poezia inimii mele!
La 11:12pm on Decembrie 16, 2011, Angela Aramă i-a dăruit utilizatorului Leonard Oprea un cadou...
La multi ani!
La 4:34pm on Decembrie 16, 2011, CONSTANTIN STANCU i-a dăruit utilizatorului Leonard Oprea un cadou...
La 10:45pm în Decembrie 15, 2011, SOLON VALENTINA-LILIANA a spus...

La 5:30pm on Decembrie 15, 2011, Tatiana Cosmescu i-a dăruit utilizatorului Leonard Oprea un cadou...
Cu drag, Tatiana!




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