Nicolae Dabija, one of the best-known Moldovan writers died this morning from COVID-19. He was a prolific writer and the author of over 80 volumes of poetry, essays, and journalism, translated and published in the USA, Brazil, France, Italy, Russia, and other countries.
Nicolae Dabija was a writer, literary historian, and politician from Moldova, an honorary member of the Romanian Academy, and a member of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. He was the author of over 80 volumes of poetry, essays, and journalism, translated and published in the USA, Brazil, France, Italy, Russia, and other countries. The American poetry magazine Cold Mountain Review named Nicolae Dabija one of the most important poets in the world.
Dabija was the nephew of Archimandrite Serafim Dabija, one of the great Romanian clergymen, deported to the Gulag in 1947. Dabija played an important role in the national rebirth of Moldova after the fall of the Soviet Union. He was editor-in-chief of the weekly Literature and Art of the Writers’ Union of Moldova. The weekly led by Dabija was, in 1988-1989, the most important publication that supported the return of the Romanian language to Latin spelling and its decree as an official language in Moldovan.
In 2005 Dabija was elected president of the Democratic Forum of Romanians in Moldova, a non-governmental organization of culture and law, which was joined by over 150 cultural organizations, creative unions, non-governmental associations. As of July 1, 2008, it had over 250,000 members, being the largest non-governmental organization in Moldova, with branches in Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Italy, Greece, Serbia, Latvia, Georgia. The institution submitted on December 26, 2006, the Application for Moldova’s accession to the European Union signed by over 200,000 people.
Between 1989 and 1991 Nicolae Dabija was a deputy in the Supreme Soviet of the Moldovan SSR. He continued to be a member of the Parliament Moldova in 1990-1994 and 1998-2001.