ABSTRACT: The symbiosis between exile and identity is appropriate for the contemporary status of the writer, caught at the crossroad between the banishment experience and the relation with his own text, assertion of an uprooted identity. The article will highlight the fact that for the writer Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu (September 15, 1916 – June 22, 1992), best known for his novel, The 25th Hour, the experience of exil was the charge of his freedom and priesthood. Whoever endured the exile for Christ is worthy to receive the priesthood. The exile is seen as the biggest and the most painful try in his life. Changing your identity after the circumstances, you will lose your real identity forever and becoming nothingness. For Virgil Gheorghiu, preserving his identity is also a condition for keeping his faith. Across borders, he didn’t repudiate his Romanian origins and the Romanian language. In his childhood, Virgil Gheorghiu wished to acquire holiness. During the years of exile, after his father's advice, he learned to love his enemies and to conserve moral values. The exile is no longer understood as a singular experience that generates a special type of subjectivity due to a physical deracination, but it is recurrent every time the writer leans over his own text. We must specify that the socio-political aspect is the cause for the writer’s displacement. In all forms, the exile reiterates the initial loss, through the expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise. Continuing the previous idea, Cornel Ungureanu remarked that the exile is the process through which man takes being, because the human being exists only after the expulsion from Eden. So, one can speak about a timeless myth of the exile. Certainly, life is seen as a long suffering, the only way to recuperate the edenic status since the beginning of the world. So, if the divine laws are respected, the human being can be delivered and the lost paradise can be recovered. The exile signifies not just the trauma of strangement, the loss of origins and identity, but also the release, flexibility and an open space. The opening of borders is a recovery of the initially lost space, but to this space, the exiled, does no longer belong. Contantin Virgil Gheorghiu died without stepping once again in his country's native land. The communication will show how the exile, as a symbol of maturity, influenced the writer's creation.
KEYWORDS: exile, creation, priesthood, identity, political constraint.