Stefan Agopian was born in 1947. His debut novel was The Day of Wrath (Cartea Romaneasca, 1979), which he followed with Velvet Taki (Cartea Romaneasca, 1981; Ararat, 1995; Gramar, 1999; Polirom, 2004, 2012); Tobit (Eminescu, 1983; Polirom, 2005; German translation, Kriterion, 1989; awarded the Prize for Prose of the Bucharest Association of Writers); The Textbook of Happenings (Cartea Romaneasca, 1984; Humanitas, 1993; Polirom, 2014; awarded the Prize of the Writers’ Union); Sara (Eminescu, 1987; Paideia, 1991; Polirom, 2006; awarded Amfiteatru magazine’s Prize for the Year’s Best Work of Fiction); Notes from Sodom (Eminescu, 1993); Republic on the Scaffold (Cartea Romaneasca, 2000; awarded the Prize of the Bucharest Association of Writers); Fric (Polirom, 2003; awarded the ASPRO Prize for Literary Experiment at the Bookarest International Book Fair, 2004, and the Cuvintul magazine Prize in the Superlatives of 2003 category). Polirom has published his complete works, in two volumes: Works I. Notes from Sodom, The Road, Republic on the Scaffold, The Day of Wrath, Velvet Taki (2008) and Works II. Sara, Tobit, Fric (2009), and Writer during Communism (Some Memoirs) (2013, awarded the Writers’ Union Special Jury Prize and the Observator cultural magazine Prize in the Memoir section).