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Alexandru Ecovoiu

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Alexandru Ecovoiu (b. 1943) made his literary debut in the 1980s, but first really came to the attention of the reviewers in 1995, with the publication of his novel Saludos (Prize of the Union of Romanian Writers, 1996; nominated for the LiterArt XXI Prize, U.S.A., 1997; Observator magazine Prize, Munich, 1998). Confirmation of his talent came in 1997, when he published the novel The Resort (Romanian Academy Prize). In 2001, he published The Three Mozart Children (nominated for the ASPRO Prize), and in 2002, the novel Sigma (Prize of the Bucharest Writers Association). Polirom has published his Saludos (2004, 2014), Order (2005), Sigma (2nd edition, 2005), The Resort (2nd edition, 2007), The Three Mozart Children (2nd edition, 2008),  After Sodom (2012; Book of the Year Prize,...

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Novel, FICTION LTD series, Polirom, 2018, 248 pages

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In Vergo a great many things are happening that have a bewilderingly disruptive effect on the lives of its inhabitants. All of a sudden, there are no more deaths in the city. Nor are there any more births. The search for a logical explanation brings no answers. In the absence of answers, almost the entire population of the city chooses the path of inhibition: parties and debauchery. Customs, order, and religion enter into decay. The city becomes an oxymoronic paradisiacal hell. It seems that Tiber, a character with an anatomical deformity without precedent in the medical casuistry, is at the root of the chaos that grips Vergo. Another character, the marquis, a rigorous intellect, tries to work out an existential equation for the elements that mark the new human condition of the Vergonites. He does not succeed, but the future state of affairs begins to take shape in his mind.

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Novel, "Fiction LTD" series, 2005 (2nd edition), 416 pages

Copyright: Alexandru Ecovoiu

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In Sigma, Alexandru Ecovoiu tackles a “risqué” subject, namely religious dogma – the major subject of universal literature. The fictional “conspiracy” has as its nucleus the Mentor, who makes an attempt upon the New Testament story of Jesus. With the conditioned and circumspect assistance of the Calligrapher and on the basis of the existence of a pair of twins (the two Jesuses), he constructs an anti-myth according to which the Saviour of the Christian religion did not die upon the cross. Without denying the crucifixion, the author nevertheless constructs, through the Mentor, a history parallel to that consecrated by Christianity, one that is, of course, daring in equal measure. Thus, the crucifixion of Jesus, as we discover on reading the “gospel” according to Ecovoiu, did not lead to His death, nor consequently to His resurrection. On the contrary, Jesus died much later, from gangrene caused by the wounds of crucifixion. This story, of course, takes a different turn from that commonly known : history is transformed at the very limits of sin, since following this unconsummated crucifixion, it is not Jesus, but rather His brother Thomas, who appears to the disciples. The entire story is as spectacular as it is heretical, in the full sense of the word. Its texture is interwoven with the pseudo-autobiography of the contemporary author, who, throughout the narrative, constantly discusses the subject of his novel with other personages : an Orthodox priest, an atheist and émigré friend (Hardmuth), and a lover reduced to the status of object for the satisfaction of carnal lusts (Icsa). In this way, a framework is created which gives the story stability, and ensures an explicatory basis that provides a guide to the reader.

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