CASSIAN (Katz), NINA (1924– ), Romanian poet. Starting with proletcultist poetry during the Stalinist period, Cassian became later one of the most important Romanian poets. Among her collections of poetry were Sărbătorile zilnice ("The Daily Holydays," 1961), Spectacolaer liber. O monografie a dragostei ("Show in the Open. A Monograph of Love," 1961), and Recviem (1971). Her works include children's stories in verse and prose as well many translations from Russian, German, and French poetry. Together with Israil Bercovici she translated from Itzik Manger's ballades. Cassian left Romania in 1985 and continued her literary activity in the United States, publishing in English Life Sentence (1990) and Take My Word for It (1997).
A. Mirodan, Dicţionar neconvenţional al scriitorilor evrei de limbă română, 1 (1986), 297–314; Dicţionarul general al literaturii române, 2 (2004), 110–13.
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