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Petre Barbu

Biography

Petre Barbu was born on 20 July 1962. He is a writer and journalist. He made his literary debut with a collection of short stories, Orange Jersey with No Competition Number (Cartea Romaneasca, 1993) followed by the novels God Bless America (1995), The Last Judder of the Legionary Submarine (1998), and Indifference (Polirom, 2005), a collection of plays, Theatre (2003), and a collection of novellas, To the End of the Line (Cartea Romaneasca, 2012). In 2003 he was awarded the UNITER Prize for Best Romanian Play of the Year for Our Father That Art in the Supermarket. Four short prose pieces from To the End of the Line – “The Frost of Love,” “The Rôle of My Life,” “At a Tavern in Fundeni,” and “Oh, Poor Dad! – were dramatised for...

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Novel, Prose series, Cartea Romaneasca, 2014, 264 pages

Copyright: Cartea Romaneasca

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The Big Party is a novel of love. It is the story of initiation in love as a false attempt to save the soul. It is a journey through the labyrinth of life, a book in which death is a good pretext to learn the lesson of love, since the passing of people we love forces us to live life with even greater passion. To fill the void. To delude ourselves by delaying suffering and the inevitable end. The Big Party is also the story of the existential failure of a family from Romania bound together not by love, but by the suffering caused by an illness without hope, without cure, and also the story of the failure of a society corroded by lies and corruption, eaten away by a cancer that people accept with resignation, they themselves contaminated by the same illness. And almost nobody knows any more who is the patient that needs to be saved: the man or society?

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