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Răzvan Petrescu

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Răzvan Petrescu was born on September 20, 1956 in Bereşti in the district of Galaţi. An award winning writer who works in several genres, he graduated the Bucharest Faculty of General Medicine in 1982. While in medical school, he attended the Universitas Cenacle, a writers’ workshop that fostered its share of important-writers-to-be under the guidance of Mircea Martin. After graduating the Faculty of Medicine, Petrescu worked as a doctor for five years (at two successive health care centers in the Dîmboviţa district) before dedicating himself exclusively to writing. As a writer, he continued to work as a consultant for the Ministry of Culture. He made his literary debut in Debut ’86, a collection of short fiction. Along with his original writing, he has written Romanian adaptations from the Brothers Grimm (“The Queen Bee,” “The Wolf and the Fox,” and “The Enchanted Prince”), Hans Christian Anderson (The Emperor’s New Clothes), Ion Creangă (“The Tale of a Lazy Man”), and James Reeves (“Tom Thumb”). He continues to work with Romanian reviews and magazines: România literară, Luceafărul, Contrapunct, Vatra,Viaţa românească, Arc, Arca, Dilema.

Photo Credit: Marius Chivu 

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