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Cristian Teodorescu

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Cristian Teodorescu was born on 10 December 1954 in Medgidia. He graduated from Bucharest University with a Degree in Philology in 1980. He made his literary debut in 1981, with a short story published in "Tribuna" magazine. His work is included in Desant 83 (Parachute Landing 83), an important anthology of new writers published by Cartea Românească in 1983. In 1985, Cartea Românească published a collection of his short stories, entitled Lighting Technician, which was awarded the Union of Romanian Writers Prize for Literary Debut, the Union of Communist Youth Prize, and the Liviu Rebreanu Foundation Prize. In 1988, he published the novel The Secrets of the Heart (Cartea Românească), which was awarded the Romanian Academy Prize in 1990. In 1991, he...

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Novel, Prose series, Cartea Romaneasca, 2015, 328 pages

Copyright: Cartea Romaneasca

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A novel about those who made a fortune after 1989 and how they did it, about the all-pervasive corruption of Romania’s political class and its hidden connections with the former Securitate, which now goes by various different names. A testament about subterranean power plays and the struggle to gain dominant positions in the new hierarchies, phenomena that have eroded an entire country and reached the highest levels of the state. Into this hallucinatory world, as delirious as it is immoral, have been drawn honest but naïve people, who have realised only when it was too late that they have become mere pawns manipulated by those who have mapped out their fate without even asking them, despising them, but cynically using them. Like the main character in Cristian Teodorescu’s novel, they have let themselves be carried along on an enticing wave, they have made compromises and sometimes sacrificed everything they held dear – family, profession, ideals, even their own consciences – for the sake of illusions that were to prove ephemeral. The new idols show themselves to be worse than those of the past, their countenances cast in bronze, they wink at us, perfidiously or with complicity, from up on their plinths. And Avenue of Virtue, viewed from the grey housing blocks that flank it, is for many the road of those without hope, a road that leads nowhere.

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Novel, "Proza" series, Cartea Romaneasca, 2009, 280 pages

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 MEDGIDIA, THE TOWN at the End of the World is an intriguing collection of individual ‘histories,’ similar in structure to literary reportage, but interconnected to form the ‘broader,’ unique story of a past period. All these histories take shape against the turbulent backdrop of the 1940s—ten years of political and social upheaval. A small town in the Dobrudja region is the setting for a series of documentary-style vignettes from the Second World War, the persecution of the Jews, the Iron Guard uprising, and the Soviet occupation. Medgidia could be any other town from the Romania of that time, a town with its passionate human stories, political battles, and conflicts great and small. The implacable progress of History, amplified to the point of terror, but also the grotesque, is reflected in the authentic biographies of the town’s inhabitants. The reader can, in a sense, create his own novel using not only the self-contained documentary materials but also the invisible threads that link them. These are 103 night and days of the inhabitants of all the ‘towns at the end of the world,’ transformed into 103 tales that grow from one another to form one of the most interesting novels published in Romanian since 1989.

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