Augustin Buzura (1938-2017) made his literary debut in 1963, with a volume of short stories entitled Capul Bunei Speranţe (The Cape of Good Hope). In 1967, he published his second volume of short stories, De ce zboară vulturul (Why the Eagle Flies), before embarking on a series of major novels. His novels Absenţii (The Absent Ones) (1970), Feţele tăcerii (The Facets of Silence) (1974), Orgolii (Vainglories) (1977), Vocile nopţii (The Voices of Night) (1980), Refugii (Refuges) (1984) and Drumul cenuşii (The Road of Ash) (1992) defied communist censorship and brought the author celebrity, sympathy and solidarity on the part of his readers. Recviem pentru nebuni şi bestii (Requiem for Madmen and Beasts) (1999) is a novel of Romanian society in...
Novel, “Fiction Ltd.” series, Polirom Publishing House, 2009, 408 pages
Although simple at first sight, the subject matter of the novel revolves around the dialogues between its two protagonists : Dr Cassian Robert, who has abandoned his old folks’ home in order to retreat to an alpine cabin near a disused meteorological observation post, and Mara, his neighbour, who is living in the old weather station. These dialogues form wide ranging stories, drawn from the recollections of Cassian and Mara, and are shot through with an epic thread that lends the book savour and suspense.