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Simona Antonescu

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Simona Antonescu was born in Galati in 1969 and grew up in Tintea, Prahova. She attended the Constantin Dobrogea­nu Gherea Lycée in Ploieşti and then studied Chemistry at the Bucharest Polytechnic Institute. Photographer to the Royal Court, her first novel, won the Cartea Romaneasca Debut Competition in 2014 and soon became a best seller. Cartea Romaneasca published her second novel, Serafim’s Gift, in...

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Novel, Prose series, Cartea Romaneasca, 2016, 248 pages

Copyright: Cartea Romaneasca

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Serafim’s Gift combines three stories told by three different voices, which introduce the reader to the heady jazz era in modern Romania, when the age of speed was born and old social conventions began to die. The main characters : Nicolae Malaxa, one of the greatest Romanian industrialists of the inter bellum period, the manufacturer of Malaxa locomotives, a talented engineer and highly controversial political figure ; an entrant in the Illustrated Reality magazine Miss Romania 1932 competition ; and a family of Bucharest aristocrats, with a tragic destiny. What do they all have in common ? Only Serafim knows the answer, the old beggar with mysterious powers, who on the night of the Feast of the Presentation of Mary, 1932, guards the splendid Amzei Church.

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Novel, Prose series, Cartea Romaneasca, 2015, 376 pages

Copyright: Cartea Romaneasca

Translation rights sold to: All rights available

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Since Franz Mayer, the photographer to the Royal Court, opened his studio in Theatre Square, the faces of Bucharest’s inhabitants have been reflected one after the other in his display window. Through the camera lens, the young artist immortalises on pieces of cardboard not only the course of History, but also hundreds of individual histories, behind which Time implacably flows. Simona Antonescu has the gift of reading the stories in the still living eyes of people captured thanks to the miracle of photography and of reconstructing late-nineteenth-century Romanian society. In this way it is possible to write the history of the first decade of independent Romania, from the victory parade beneath the Arch of Triumph headed by King Carol I to the Romanian Pavilion at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889. The Photographer to the Royal Court fulfils Franz Mayer’s dream. His photographs have become immortal.

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