Liviu Antonesei (born 1953) teaches Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Al. I. Cuza University in Jassy. He is a member of the Romanian PEN Club. He is the founder and president of Timpul (The Time) cultural review. A poet, essayist, prose writer, and sociologist, he is also one of Romania’s most respected journalists, having over the years contributed to all the country’s most important newspapers. He made his debut as an author in 1988 with the book Semnele timpului (Signs of the Times). His numerous other books include Pharmakon (poetry, 1989), Cautarea cautarii (The Search for the Search; poetry, 1990), 1990: Vremea in schimbare (1990: The Changing Times; interviews, 1995), Despre dragoste. Anatomia unui sentiment (On Love: The Anatomy of a Feeling; essays, 2000),...
Short stories, Ego Prose series, Polirom, 2012, 224 pages
The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia contains eleven unusual short stories, which mainly explore relationships between couples, as well as a series of minor, everyday dramas. The book’s main merit is the ingenious way in which it interweaves the drab everyday, camouflaged as reportage or personal diary, with aesthetic passages. Together these make up an ensemble of ideas and provide the volume’s guiding thread, creating a unified, novel-like whole. Although the author takes his characters to different countries (thereby providing picturesque settings), the principal concern that binds the texts together and creates the collection’s overarching theme is the confrontation with your own destiny, at an age when you become aware of the inevitable onset of old age.