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Florin Irimia

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Florin Irimia was born in Iasi on 26 January 1976. He is assistant professor in the Faculty of Letters of the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi. Since 2001 he has contributed literary reviews to Observator Cultural, Romania Literara, Dilemateca, Timpul, and Suplimentul de cultura, where he writes a weekly column. In 2009 he made his debut as a prose writer in Noua Literatura (under the penname Eduard Tautu), and in 2011 he published his first novel, Defekt, with Editura Brumar. His work is included in the anthology Level Zero Alert in Contemporary Romanian Short Prose (ed. Igor Ursenco), published by Herg Benet in 2011. Polirom published his novel, A Darkened Window, in 2012. He has translated Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Editura Leda, 2008) and co-translated, with...

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Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2014, 232 pages

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A man tells a “doctor” his story, which is like something out of a film. Even though he despises his father, he has come to resemble him more and more with each passing day. His life has been one disaster after another ever since childhood, when, after his parents’ divorce, his mother, who had issues as serious as his father’s, died in an aeroplane accident. As he grew to “maturity”, he turned the seduction of women into an overriding obsession, without being fully conscious of it. Whenever he tries to change anything, life deals him yet another blow, and his every relationship ends in tragedy. Death seems to dog his every step, but without ever touching him. Until one fine day he decides to summon Death to him. But not before making his final confession...

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Novel, "Ego. Prose" series, Polirom, 2012, 216 pages

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Translation rights sold to: Aylak Adam (Turkey)

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Mircea Batrinu, a failed writer living in an apocalyptic Bucharest that has been destroyed by the Great Earthquake and is now inhabited by monstrous creatures, is the protagonist of this strange, sombre novel, whose fantasticality is aimed primarily at potentiating the real historical events that are described. Mircea’s meeting with Edi Florian, a Jewish private detective from the inter war period, who by an unexpected concatenation of circumstances is appointed chairman of the council of ministers, provides the starting point for the plot and also takes the novel into the realm of real historical events. A novel begun by a man killed in the January 1941 pogrom in Bucharest is continued by his wife, Olguta, who witnesses the Jassy pogrom in the summer of the same year, and is completed by a nameless narrator who years later will have to defend his text before another People’s Tribunal… A Darkened Window may be regarded as a warning, as a cry of despair, as a sombre vision of the past, the present and the future.

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