Nicolae Avram was born in Nasaud on 21 December 1966. He grew up in an orphanage. He made his debut with Suicide Songs (2000, awarded the George Cosbuc National Poetry Prize and the Writers Union Prize for Debut). His other books include : Litanies for the Devil (2006), The Ex orphans (2010), All Death Jazz (2013, awarded the ’Andrei Muresanu’ Prize by the Bistrita Nasaud Society of Writers and the ’Octavian Goga’ Prize of the Cluj Branch of the Writers Union). He edited Aurel Onisor’s posthumous volume of poetry, The Sign at Which You Will Stop to Drink Water (2013). He is a member of the Romanian Writers...
Novel, Ego.Prose series, Polirom, 2016, 216 pages
Orphanages were one of the greatest horrors of the Romanian communist regime. Darkness, deprivation, humiliation, abuse and the abandonment of all hope are hard enough to bear for adults, but for children they defy all imagination. Nicolae Avram has managed to overcome them simply by describing such atrocities and violently, personally, he makes the reader feel in the deepest possible way what those children felt, who were so brutally robbed of their innocence in the orphanages. Imbued with dark lyricism, Mamé tells the shocking story of one tortured soul (and of so many others).