Alexandru Ecovoiu (b. 1943) made his literary debut in the 1980s, but spectacularly came to public and critical awareness in 1995, with the publication of his novel Saludos (Romanian Writers’ Union Prize, 1996 ; nominated for the LiterArt – XXI Prize, USA, 1997 ; Observator (Observer) review Prize, 1998). Further confirmation of his talent came in 1997, when he published his novel The Resort, which was awarded the Prize of the Romanian Academy. In 2001, he published a collection of short stories entitled 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 (3rd edition, 2004), Order (2005), Sigma (2nd edition, 2007), and The Resort (2nd edition, 2007). The Three Mozart Children has been published in German translation (Die drei Mozart-Kinder, two editions, Radu Bărbulescu Verlag), and in Spanish. A number of the short stories from the collection have been published in translation in prestigious literary magazines in Spain, Mexico, Columbia, and Holland.