Ovidiu Verdes was born on 13 April 1963. He teaches in the Literature Faculty of Bucharest University. He is the author of Metaphor : An Open Concept (2004), Metaphor and Metaphysics : Heidegger, Nietzsche, Blaga, Derrida (2005), and Contemporary Literary Theory : Themes, Authors, Approaches (2008). He was a member of the Universitas literary circle, headed by critic Mircea Martin. He made his debut with a group of poems published in Luceafarul and Contrapunct, and has published essays and articles in Euresis, Cuvintul, Dilema, Observator cultural, and Romania literara. His novel Musics and Antics was published in 2000 by Univers publishing house and won the Writers Union Prize for Debut. It is an iconic novel for the 2000s...
Novel, Fiction LTD series, Polirom, 2016, 480 pages
Musics and Antics is a novel about adolescence that employs a highly original format. Tinut, a boy of fifteen, in love with music and his classmate Hari, recounts the last days of school and the first days of the holidays in 1978, in a colloquial, exuberant, humorous manner. Skilfully getting inside his main character, the author succeeds in recreating the enchanted atmosphere of adolescence, with its record swapping, school trips, football, male friendships, and rock bands (for Tinut supreme happiness is listening to Western music on a reel to reel tape machine : The Doors, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Yes, Queen). The spontaneous language and style of Ovidiu Verdes’s prose lend especial consistency to this passionate book, which is a real page turner.