Who is Ion Creangă?
Ion Creangă (Humulești, 1 March 1837 – Iasi, 31 December 1889) was one of the greatest classics of Romanian literature. He entered the pantheon of Romanian literature as a storyteller and writer, but mainly through his autobiographical memoir, Memories of My Childhood (Amintiri din copilărie).
Creangă is considered the greatest storyteller in Romanian literature. He wrote many tales in the vernacular, but also short anecdotes and short stories. His most important work is Memories of My Childhood, in which he described his native village and the people who lived there. It consists of shorter stories, mostly humorous in content, and also describes the unique objects and customs of the village.
They say there was once an old woman and an old man, the old man was a hundred years old, and the old woman was ninety years old; and both these old men were white as winter, and as gloomy as the weather, because they had no children. And, my God, how they wished they had at least one, for they sat as lonely as cuckoos in the daytime and at night, and their ears were ringing with the ugliness of it. And then, besides all this, there was nothing much for them to do: a poor little bordure, a few torn cloths, laid on beds, and that was all. And for some time now, the ugliness had been eating them up even more, for no human scream would open the door; it was as if the poor things were sick with the plague!