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Marin Malaicu-Hondrari

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Marin Malaicu-Hondrari was born in Singeorz-Bai on 29 January 1971. He has published the following books : The Woman’s Flight above the Man (poems, Eikon, 2004, awarded the Prize of the Cluj Branch of the Writers Union), The Book of All Intentions (novel, Vinea, 2006; 2nd edition, Cartea Romaneasca, 2008), Closeness (novel, Cartea Romaneasca, 2010; 2nd edition, Polirom, 2014 ; the Polish translation, Blisko›¾, by Dominik Malecki, was published by Ksi±żkowe Klimaty, and the Spanish translation, Cercanías, by Elena Borras, by Ediciones Traspies), Two Days Away (poems, Charmides, Bistrita, 2011 ; awarded the prizes of Poesis International and Transylvania magazines), and The Sniper (novel, Polirom, 2013). He worked with director Tudor...

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Novel, Ego.Prose series, Polirom, 2015, 200 pages

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Constantin, an “orphan with parents,” as he describes himself, gives up his comfortable life in Romania and goes to live in the Camarillas, a kind of Cuba where smokers, especially those persecuted in their native lands, are granted political exile. There, he recounts his life, a life during which he has changed the brand of cigarette he smokes whenever he has changed the woman he loves. But as fate would have it, he falls madly in love with a non smoker... This is not a novel about love. It is not about “orphans with parents.” It is not the history of a friendship. It is not about the World Lodge of Smokers. It is not a political dystopia. Nor is it about tobacco smoking escapades. It is all of these at once. A story for each and every one of us : You’ll Never Smoke Alone.

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Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2013, 248 pages

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In Camarillas, an island in the middle of a war, a young boy, Carlos, sneaks into the hiding place of a Romanian sniper to ask him to deliver a letter to a woman in Romania. The sniper discovers that the woman in question was his lover during his youth. When they meet again, their shared past is reawakened, from their adolescence under communism and life together in a shabby bedsit in the murky period after the 1989 revolution to her decision to leave him for a man able to give a life without material hardships, albeit one not as happy. At the same time, it dawns on the sniper that his life is stuck in an illusory relationship, from which he has to free himself. He realises that people are more afraid of the past than the future. For this reason, the sniper continually rearranges his past in an album of illusory photographs, which he calls “photographs I wish I had”, and during the solitude of his mission, during the long hours of waiting, he tries to rid himself of the ghost of the woman who holds his mind captive and renders him incapable of living for the future. For many years he remains a prisoner of the past love affair, until he meets Carmen Mercedes Belano, a mysterious, sensual woman, who little by little changes his life. A radical change also comes about in the life of Carlos: the young boy financially supported by a Romanian woman grows up to become a young writer, who learns to throw caution to the winds, after experiencing a love affair that echoes the sniper’s story, followed by an adventure that places his life in genuine danger.

 

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Novel, "Proza" series, Cartea Românească, 2010, 248 pages

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FOUR ROMANIAN POETS, one pact (each poet shall wander the earth for five years in search of the sources of Poetry with a capital P), in the end broken by all of them, adulterous loves, affairs based solely on sex, but also true romances. These, in short, are the ingredients of a book that speaks of love, odysseys in search of it, and, above all, poetry. The premise of the novel is the point where the biographies of the poet friends intersect and are transformed from reality into fiction. Recognisable in places, the characters permanently slip from the reader’s grasp, changing course and identity. They are masters of disguise. Just when the threads of the story seem to have joined, a sudden reversal of situation radically changes the viewpoint. Different paths, different roles, different stories come to the foreground. Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari cultivates the art of suspense in a novel in which there are, in effect, no secondary characters.

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