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Adrian Alui Gheorghe

Biography

Adrian Alui Gheorghe was born in Grumazesti, Neamt, on 6 July 1958. He was awarded a doctorate in 2004 for his thesis entitled “Unageing Youth and the Tragic Sentiment of Time.” He is the author of numerous books of poetry, prose, drama, essays, and journalism. Since 1990, he has been a member of the Union of Romanian Writers and the Romanian PEN Club (of which he was vice-chairman between 2014 and 2016; he has won numerous literary awards; he holds the Order of Cultural Merit to the rank of Chevalier, bestowed by the President of Romania in 2000, and the Order of Cultural Merit to the rank of Officer, bestowed in 2010; he was made an honorary citizen of Piatra Neamt in 2005; he has been translated in German, French, Russian, English, Italian, Serbian, Czech, Macedonian,...

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Novel, FICTION LTD, Polirom, 2018, 304 pages

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An unbeatable chess player turns an entire town into a chessboard, and its inhabitants become kings, queens, rooks, knights, pawns, in an absurd match that destroys everybody’s life. A writer disappears, drawn by the mirage of distances, the call of love, of “unageing youth.” When he comes back more than forty years later, he discovers that the mystery of his disappearance has propelled him to a place among the literary classics of his native land and a nomination for the Nobel Prize. An individual inherits a fabulous library, a “house of the wind,” which holds him captive and turns him into a fiction. A literary critic is kidnapped by the mediocre authors he has demolished and is forced, in a hilarious text, to change his critical discourse and become politically correct. An infant is born with the gift of devouring and draining the life from everything he loves, another has the gift of sating the hunger of those who merely say his name. Since the creation of the world, every name has a history behind it, Adrian Alui Gheorghe demonstrates, and every creature on earth has a fantastic root from which can grow a new story, thanks to the imagination of an inspired storyteller.

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Novel, Cartea Romaneasca, 2014, 304 pages

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Laika may well be the long-awaited novel of the Romanian Revolution, a book that is simultaneously tragic and comic, written with verve and humour. The story flows so naturally that you get the feeling you have gone back in time and are laughing at the naivety and enthusiasm with which you once got caught up in history. The subject is challenging: the Romanian Revolution as it unfolded in a hospital for nervous diseases. Who wins? How does the small society of patients, genuine and imagined, react? The hearty laugh with which you parted with the past seems to be the healthiest answer. It is a book as a form of therapy.

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