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Liliana Corobca

Biography

Liliana Corobca was born on 10 October 1975, in the village of Saseni, Calarasi Raion, Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldavia. She made her literary debut with the novel Negrissimo (Arc, Chisinau, 2003, awarded the Romania literara Prometheus Prize for Literary Debut, and the Moldovan Writers Union Prize for Prose Debut). Her PhD thesis on The Character in the Romanian Inter War Novel was published by the University of Bucharest in 2003. Her novel A Year in Paradise (Cartea Romaneasca, 2005) has been translated into Italian and German. Her novel Kinderland (Cartea Romaneasca, 2013 ; Polirom, 2015), also translated into German and Slovenian, was a bestseller at the 2013 Bookfest Book Fair and was awarded the Radio Romania Cultural Prize for Prose (2014) and the Crystal Prize at the...

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Novel, Prose series, Cartea Romaneasca, 2015, 192 pages

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The mysterious Empire of Old Maids awaits its queen. Will Rafira Sic manage to pass all the tests and reach the pinnacle of the hierarchy ? Disturbing glosses in the margins of the idea of loneliness, surprising interpretations, initiatory experiences, limit situations, illusory plans, and vain hopes give shape to the image of a category completely ignored, forgotten and scorned by society. Behind the oxymoronic expression, the maliciously applied label, lies hidden the real “old maid,” and here she is allowed to speak, despite the fantasies and illusions she nurtures. She is no longer the minor, often malevolent, character of the classic novel ; here she takes the role of prima donna. A raw realist novel with an aura of humour or a fantastic novel with hints of parable, ironically subtitled a “sentimental novel,” Liliana Corobca’s new book is an inquisition into today’s world, beneath a tranquil veil of innocence. A world that is increasingly aggressive and lacking in empathy.

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Novel, Cartea Romaneasca, 2013, 184 pages

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Cristina, herself still a child, is forced to become a “mother” responsible for two younger siblings while their parents are abroad working for the “long money”. The world of a contemporary Moldovan village, peopled mainly by children and the elderly, is viewed from the perspective of this twelve year old girl. In a world in crisis, a world adrift, the children learn the hard way how to survive as they wait for the fulfilment of their only dream: for their parents to come home. But their parents don’t come home even when they are conjured to do so through pagan magical rituals. The abandoned children comfort themselves with the vague memories of normal family life, imitating the mannerisms of adults before their time. Cristina tells the story of a land of adult children, of cruelty and tenderness, of pain and consolation, despair and hope. With the novel Kinderland Liliana Corobca consolidates her position as a confessor to the helpless, the resigned victims of peacetime, whose voices are heard by no one else.

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