Adina Dabija


Adina Dabija currently lives in New York, where she practises Chinese medicine. The novel Shaman is her first volume of prose. She made her literary debut in 1997 with the collection of poems, poetry doll (Cartea Romaneasca), which was awarded the Bucharest Writers’ Association Prize for Debut. In 2006 she published Undifferentiated State (Editura Brumar), which won the Tomis magazine Prize for Best Poetry Book of the Year. Her poems have been translated and published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies of poetry in the United States, and collections of her poems have been published by NorthShore Press. Her play Manole 3D was nominated for the UNITER Best Play of the Year Award in 2004. Since 2001 she has worked as an editor for

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Novel, "Ego. Prose" series, Polirom, 2013, 232 pages

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In this autobiographically inspired novel Adina Dabija describes a feverish quest for personal identity, over the course of a journey that begins in a village in Transylvania and ends in the frozen north of Canada. The central character, a young woman, discovers the world through poetry, philosophy, love and adventure, but each stage is quickly left behind, because she is constantly searching for something else, something hard to define, a goal that becomes increasingly difficult to identify as the journey proceeds. At one point, finding herself caught up in a strange love triangle that brings her no satisfaction, and which involves a businessman from Quebec and his wife, the protagonist takes adventure to its very limit, deciding to set out in search of an Eskimo shaman, who seems to hold the key to her fulfilment in life. Shaman is a novel about courage and the ineffable, about reinvention and optimism, a novel full of poetry and candour.


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