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Romania

Carmen-Francesca Banciu

Carmen-Francesca Banciu is the author of six novels and several short story collections radio plays. A native of Romania, Banciu has been writing and publishing in the German language since...

Matéi Visniec

Matéi Visniec (b. 1956) is a multi-award-winning Romanian-born novelist, playwright, poet, and journalist. He has been based in Paris since 1987, where he works as a journalist for Radio...

Tatiana Niculescu Bran

Tatiana Niculescu Bran was born in Bucharest, Romania. She holds degrees from the faculty of letters at the University of Bucharest and the European Institute of Journalism in Brussels. She worked...

Dumitru Tsepeneag

Dumitru Tsepeneag (born 14 February 1937) was a leading member and theorist of the Romanian "oneiricist" group in the late 1960s and early 70s, before the communist regime suppressed the...

Adrian Sângeorzan

Adrian Sângeorzan was born in 1954 in Bistrita-Nasaud, Romania. He graduated from the University of Cluj medical school in Transylvania and worked as a doctor in Romania until 1990, when...

Ioan Es. Pop

Ioan Es. Pop was born March 27, 1958 in V�rai, Maramure� (in the northwest of Romania). His books include No Way Out of Hadesburg (Ieudul...

Richard Wagner

Born in 1952 in Lowrin, a village in the Romanian province of Banat, Richard Wagner, a member of the German-speaking minority of the Banater Schwaben, studied German and Romanian literature...

Mihaela Mudure

Mihaela Mudure is professor of English Literature at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. She has published extensively in Romanian and international journals. Among her translations are...

Horia Gârbea

Horia Gârbea was born on August 10, 1962 in Bucharest, Romania. Trained as a civil engineer, he obtained his PhD in 1999. He is a professor at the Environmental Engineering Faculty in...

Carmen Firan

Carmen Firan, a poet and fiction writer, has published twenty volumes of poetry, novels, essays, and short stories in her native Romania. Since 2000, Firan has lived in New York, first as part...

Herta Müller

Herta Müller, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009, was born in 1953 in Nitzkydorf, a German-speaking village in Romania. After college she worked as a translator in a factory,...

Mircea Ivănescu

Mircea Iv�nescu (born March 26, 1931) lives in Sibiu in Transylvania, where he worked for many years as an editor of the journal Transilvania. A major Romanian voice,...

Mariana Dan

Mariana Dan was born in Bucharest but has lived in Belgrade, Serbia, for almost thirty years. She was educated at the University of Bucharest and received her doctorate from the University of...

Max Blecher

Max Blecher was born in 1909 in Botoşani, Romania. After being diagnosed with Pott's disease (tuberculous spondylitis)--at the time, as was all tuberculosis, incurable--he was forced to...

Tristan Tzara

Born Samuel Rosenstock in 1896 in Moineşti, Romania, Tristan Tzara is mainly known as a co-founder—together with Marcel Iancu, Hugo Ball, Hans Arp and Richard Huelsenbeck—and main...

Luminita Mihai Cioaba

Luminita Mihai Cioaba, the daughter of a Bulibasha (the king of a Gypsy nation or tribe in a Turkish term used by the Romanian Roma), is both a poet and a prose writer. Her book, The Lost...

Eugène Ionesco

Known mainly as one of the foremost playwrights of what critic Martin Esslin called the Theatre of the Absurd, and what he preferred to call "theatre of derision", Eugène...

Paul Celan

Paul Antschel, who wrote under the pseudonym Paul Celan, was born in Czernovitz, Bukovina, in Romania, on November 23, 1920. The son of German-speaking Jews, Celan grew up speaking several...

Ioan Flora

Ioan Flora, author of fifteen books of poetry, among them Lecture on the Ostrich-Camel (1995), The Swedish Rabbit (1998), Medea and Her War Machines (2000), and Luncheon Under the Grass (2005),...

Norman Manea

Norman Manea left Romania in 1986 and after a year in West Berlin came to the United States. Since then he has published several acclaimed books in the United States and has been translated into...

Gabriela Adamesteanu

Gabriela Adamesteanu was born in 1942 in Targu Ocna, Romania. She has worked in literary and scientific publishing and has been the editor in chief of the magazine 22 since 1991. She is the...

Mariana Marin

Mariana Marin (1956-2003) was born in Bucharest and graduated from The Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. She published the following collections of poems: Un razboi de o suta de ani...

Adrian Otoiu

Formerly a poet, Adrian Otoiu made his debut in fiction in Romania's troubled early 1990s. His novel Coaja lucrurilor sau Dans—nd cu Jupuita [The Skin of the Matter or Dancing with the...

Virgil Duda

Virgil Duda was born in Barlad, Romania, in 1939, and graduated from the College of Juridical Sciences of Bucharest. Ten of his novels were published in Romania, among them The Listless...

Matei Călinescu

Since 1973, when he emigrated to the US from communist Romania, Matei Călinescu has been professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. He was a Guggenheim fellow...

Marta Petreu

Marta Petreu's first book of poetry in 1981, Bring Verbs, won the Romanian Writers' Union Prize for a debut volume. She has issued five other collections, including Psychic Place (1991),...

Mircea Cartarescu

Mircea Cartarescu is Romania's premier novelist and poet. His books have been translated in all major European languages. Nostalgia, from which "The Roulette Player" is excerpted,...
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