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Daniela Zeca

Biography

Daniela Zeca has Degrees in Literature and in Journalism and Communication Sciences from Bucharest University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences. Since 2001, she has been a Doctor of Philology at the University of Bucharest and is a reader in the Press Department of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences. She has produced numerous radio broadcasts and published articles and reviews in Amfiteatru, Ramuri, Contemporanul, Luceafărul, Convorbiri literare and Studii culturale. As a programme maker for Romanian Television, she has been the author of more than two hundred broadcasts, including Arts Café, Library on Wheels, and Something to Read. At the end of 2006, she was named the Public Figure of the Year for Romania in the television...

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Novel, Ego. Proză” series, Polirom, 2010, 248 pages

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DUBAI. THE END OF THE FIRST decade of the new millennium. The Burj Khalifa, the tallest and most luxurious skyscraper in the world, has just been inaugurated. The global recession is seeping like a cold draught under the door, but this does not put a damper on the opulence of the spectacle: tens of thousands of fireworks soar into the night sky. In the midst of the festivities, the ‘Arabian diary’ of a banker begins to tell a surprising story of the Bucharest of one century ago. We are suddenly reminded that, up until 1923, when the tomb of Tutankhamon was discovered, it was Romania that had had the largest treasure of gold and precious stones in the world. In the Orient, like everywhere else, the story of treasures and precious stones has the same ending: the riches return to the sands beneath which they had lain buried. The Demons of the Wind is a bazaar of rare stones, episodes of love, and a magical episode of the gems that might save the world, all blended together in prose that is tactile, visual and olfactory, with a hint of Oriental poetry.

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Novel, “Ego. Proză” series, Polirom, 2009, 240 pages

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Although it is set in the controversial and fascinating realm of North Africa, The Fictionalised History of a Safari is a parable of the hunt in a globalised world of competition : a young European woman and a Sunni Muslim from the Maghreb fall in love and experience an intense but brief love affair, against a backdrop saturated with the colours and scents of an ancient world in the throes of transformation.

Darielle and Mehria are two strong individuals who are seeking each other, but each in the wrong direction. The male half of the couple lives in the utopia of a frenetic world, dominated by technology and progress, while the female half is nostalgic for oases with palm trees, where time stands still.
Far from being an idyll, the novel often has ironic and parodic emphases. It is as visual as a film and as compelling as any story from life, told with naturalness but also with the fever of the love struck.
 

 

 

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