Marta Petreu is a writer and university professor. She came to prominence as a writer in the intellectual ambience of the Echinox literary movement, at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj. She is Professor of the History of Romanian Philosophy at the Babes-Bolyai University, and since 1990 she has been editor-in-chief of "Apostrof" magazine. She made her literary debut in 1981, with a volume of poems titled Aduceti verbele (Bring the Words). Her other volumes of poetry include: Dimineata tinerelor doamne (Morning of the Young Ladies, 1983); Loc psihic (Psychical Locus, 1991); Poeme nerusinate (Shameless Poems, 1993); Cartea miniei (The Book of Rage, 1997); Apocalipsa dupa Marta (The Apocalypse according to Marta, 1999); Falanga (Phalanx, 2001); and Scara lui Iacob (Jacob’s...
Novel, "Marta Petreu" series, Polirom, 2011, 328 pages
Marta Petreu’s novel introduces a memorable character to Romanian literature: Maria, a peasant woman from the Transylvanian Plain, who, unfulfilled in love and in life, ends up reneging and cursing her own children. The first-person narrative of the central character, Tabita, accentuates the trauma, endows it with meaning, and offers us a more complex understanding of the way in which conflicts within a family can have a dramatic impact on the lives of the innocent, who become caught in the toils of interests they cannot comprehend. Like a spider’s web in the middle of which sits this terrifying mother, the Sucutardean and Valean families weave their lives over the course of a century. The Apocalypse expected at any moment by the millenarian members of the clan, religious harshness, and the poverty brought by communist collectivisation make up the fabric of characters that are as extraordinary as their destinies.