Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Romania, and emigrated to the United States in 1966. He became a U.S. citizen in 1981. Codrescu is currently a professor of English at Louisana State University in Baton Rouge and has been a columnist on NPR. He is also the editor of Exquisite Corpse, a journal of books and ideas, as well as the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. He works include The Blood Countess, The Repentance of Lorraine, The Muse Is Always Half-Dressed in New Oreleans, and The Disappearance of the Outside.
Dec 01 1998
An Interview with Andrei Codrescu
Interviewer: How did you come to the United States?
Codrescu: Let’s see. I swam across the Danube through miles of barbed wire….I ran into people holding hand grenades…No, I came on an airplane with my mother in the mid-sixties, 1965. We left Romania. We were bought by the state of Isreal, which at the time was happily buying freedom for Jews from Romania for the princely sum of five thousand dollars a head. The government paid ten thousand dollars for my mother and me. We were supposed to go to Isreal, but we never did.