Florina Ilis was born in 1968. She is part of the new generation of prose writers that came to the fore after the year 2000. She made her debut with a collection of haikus, Haiku and Calligrammes, a volume that was a novel combination of poetry and Japanese calligraphy (the author of the calligrammes being Rodica Frentiu). In 2001, her book The Descent from the Cross was published by Echinox in Cluj, followed the next year by the novel The Calling of Matthew. Critical acclaim arrived in 2005, after Cartea Romaneasca published her novel The Children’s Crusade. A resounding success with public and critics alike, The Children’s Crusade was awarded numerous prizes, including Book of the Year 2005, bestowed by Romania Literara magazine and the Anonimul Foundation, the Cuvintul magazine Prize for Prose, the Radio Romania Cultural Prize for Prose, and the Union of Romanian Writers Prize for Prose. In 2007 she was awarded the Romanian Academy’s Ion Creanga Prize. The Children’s Crusade has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian and Hebrew. In 2010 the novel was awarded the Courrier International Prize (Paris) for best foreign book. She has also published the novel Five Coloured Clouds against an Eastern Sky (Cartea Romaneasca, 2006; Italian translation: Atmosphere Libri, Rome, 2012) and a collection of plays, The Arithmetic Lesson (Echinox, 2006). She is a member of the Romanian Writers Union. In 2012, she published Parallel Lives, a novel that has won a number of major awards: the Union of Romanian Writers Prize for Prose, the Ziarul de Iasi Prize, the Cluj Branch of the Union of Romanian Writers Prize for Prose, the Radio Romania Cultural Prize, and the Prize of the Alba Iulia Colloquium on the Romanian Novel.