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Ana Maria Sandu

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I always imagined that I write because I don’t manage to communicate well enough. The ability to speak about myself, to tell about what troubles and makes me sad lacks me. And I am the first to admit it. And regarding my relations with others, this “sin” of mine weights a lot and makes things hard to control. I met people who read my books and when

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Biography

Ana Maria Sandu was born in 1974. She studied Literature at Bucharest University, where she also went on to take a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Romanian Literature. She made her literary debut in 2003, with the volume From the Memoirs of a Scall-headed Man, translated into French as L’ecorchure in 2010. She followed it with the novels The Girl from the Oblong House...

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Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2013, 156 pages

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Everybody runs. Some do so to keep in shape, others to get away, but all take part in the great marathon of life. Ana Maria Sandu’s fictional running diary is a topical, poetic and intellectual text, with runner characters that are just like us.


A woman past the first flush of youth runs in the park, but also through life; the moments flit by, in an instant the present becomes a memory and all that remains to discover is what will happen tomorrow. The protagonist is constantly being transformed, she allows herself to be shaped by experiences, by the people she meets, but a small part of her does not change and probably never will. Run is a dynamic read, full of charm and sensibility.

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Novel, "Ego Prose" series, Polirom, 2010, 224 pages

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Kill me!, it is a story about the relationship between two women. It is the story of a friendship which starts well: the older woman makes an offer to host the younger one in her appartment. They live together in Veronica Manea’s appartment and after 3 years all ends with a crime. All the relationship between the two women is based on extremely perverse sentimental blackmail. Every time the younger women Ramona tries to leave the home of Veronica Manea and break free from her, the older woman begs her to come back because she would not survive without her.

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Novel, “Ego. Prose” series, Polirom, 2006, 224 pages

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The novel The Girl From the Oblong House is a cruel story about identity, destiny and what would be if… Three possible versions of the same love story which takes place in the communist Romania of the the mid 70s. A story with two teenager protagonists: Ileana and Stefan. Being 17 years old, Ileana is forced to take an important decision for her life – to keep or not to keep her child.
 

An impressive, spectacular, stylistically very well controlled novel. The narrative is structured in three parts, each related by a different voice. The first part is the novel of a little girl, Ileana, who lives a childhood full of misunderstandings equivalent to miracles. The second part, narrated by Ileana’s daughter, Ina, reconstructs the later life of the woman, from the moment she meets her future husband, Ştefan, to her finding consolation in the arms of a lover, due to her spouse’s brutality, and her subsequent suicide. In the third part, the narrative belongs to the young Ileana herself, still in high school when she meets Stefan during a holiday at the beach resort of Costineşti. Ştefan proves to be violent from the very first, but also capable of tenderness.

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