Quasi-thin intellectual with longish bone structure and a relaxed look, former football player within the schoolyard and author of numerous executions crossbar-goal, of outstanding merits and far-reaching principles, wants to meet lady tranquility for the transaction of a beautiful novel. Posterity, multiple adjectives and matter-of-fact adverbs
Matei Florian (b. 1979) He made his literary debut in 1997, publishing a number of poems in "Cuvîntul" magazine. In 1998, he became a reporter for "Dilema" magazine (now renamed "Dilema Veche"), for which he later started writing his own regular column. He has contributed reportages, literary reviews and short plays to the cultural press and radio. In 2008, he was awarded the Music Criticism Prize at the Gala of Romanian Cultural Journalism. His debut as a novelist was The Băiuţ Alley Lads (Polirom, 2006; 2nd edition, 2007), co-written with his brother, Filip Florian.
Novel, "Ego Prose" series, Polirom, 2009, 262 pages
Matei Florian has created a fantastical world peopled with a legion of gnomes that consist of coloured mist. At the forefront of this legion, a new couple are getting ready to join the gallery of legendary lovers: Both Hams and Regretel (N.B. this is a single name and a single character, the novel’s hero) and his wonderful Tristina. Their adventures in the world of the ‘even-legs,’ i.e. grown-ups, do not take as smooth a course as you might expect for such fairytale figures. These creatures of mist, some of them lisping or even crossed with pixies, endure tribulations and even tragedies, the same as the humans around whom they float... Indeed, their sufferings are no different than those of the humans amongst whom they move, and in this the novel is much more than mere fantasy. Matei Florian allows his mist-begotten characters into the story precisely in order to give fuller shape to a deeper, human story, in which love swings between the realm of dream and waking, in a dance of yearning, interspersed with drama. Both Hams And Regretel is a fascinating book that takes the reader on a journey through the whole spectrum of emotions.
Novel, "Ego Prose" series, Polirom, 2006, 264 pages
This book by brothers Filip and Matei Florian is original first of all for its technique : each narrator recounts an event from his childhood through his own eyes, while the other rounds off the story, gives it new meanings, and offers revelations to his co‑narrator and brother. Thus, ‘delicate matters’ that had remained unelucidated in the past are cleared up in the present, confessions are made, and truths unuttered at the time are now spoken. The dialogue between the two narrators provides delights for the reader, as the pair’s childhood grows from memory beneath our very eyes, with a candour and force that transports us to a miraculous world, interpreted and evaluated by the mature eyes of those who now reinvent it.