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Lavinia Braniste

Biography

Lavinia Braniste was born in Braila in 1983. She studied foreign languages at university in Cluj and Bucharest. She made her literary debut in 2006 with the volume of poems Stories about Me (Paralela 45), after which she published a collection of short prose, Five Minutes a Day (Casa de Pariuri Literare) in 2011. Polirom has also published her collection of short stories The Escapade (2014). Interior Zero is her first...

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Novel, Ego.Prose series, Polirom, 2016, 264 pages

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Cristina is a woman of thirty who works for a construction company, a working environment which she very quickly comes to feel is toxic. Her boss is impulsive and demanding and she has nothing in common with her colleagues, one of whom is the owner of the flat where she lives. She has a long distance boyfriend, Mihai, whom she sees only seldom. Her relationship with Mihai is ambiguous and she can’t decide whether it is love or not. Others make for her the big decisions she is unable to make for herself : she wants to give up her job, but manages to break away from it only when the company goes bust. She wants her relationship with Mihai to come to a clear conclusion, but this happens only when he vanishes, after she has a miscarriage, the unplanned pregnancy having forced them to come closer together. The book is a series of tableaux (from scenes at construction sites and in hospital to the company Christmas party and dismal weekends spent in night clubs) that illustrate the idea of a world without landmarks and life passing meaninglessly, pointlessly.

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Short stories, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2014, 224 pages

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Embodiments of modern man preoccupied with career and social status, Lavinia Braniste’s characters dream of acquiring wealth and renown, forgetting about family and those close to them. More often than not, however, working to the point of exhaustion, obsession with their own image, and growing distant from their friends can have unforeseen consequences. In a subtle and ironic way, each text in The Escapade conveys a highly amplified image of a problem caused by the modern-day lifestyle. Employment in a big corporation, the university world, minor events and failed relationships become the starting points for moral fables that are full of charm and whose endings are often left to the reader’s imagination.

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