Marius Chivu was born in 1978. He is a writer, translator and literary reviewer. He made his debut in 2012 with a collection of poems titled The Plastic Wafter (Union of Romanian Writers Debut Prize and Observator cultural magazine Debut Prize). He has also published a collection of interviews, What the Author Meant (2013), and a travel diary, Three Weeks in the Himalayas (2012). He is the editor of the anthology Best of: Short Prose of the 2000s (2013) and initiated and managed the Grandparents Book (2008) project. Since 2005 he has worked as an editor and literary reviewer for Dilema veche magazine and writes editorials for Elle...
Short stories, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2014, 248 pages
Visual and dialogic, the eleven cinematographic stories in this collection are set in the everyday world of the city, tinged with loneliness, or in the countryside, viewed with an acute awareness of its inevitable disappearance. Whether on the beach at Vama Veche, in the nightclubs of Bucharest and Cluj, on the streets of London, or on the hills of isolated villages, the protagonists are looking for themselves, they are looking for the other, but more often than not they are waiting for something: for dawn to come so that they can go and visit somebody in hospital, for the night to pass so that they can find peace, for the party to end so that they can bring to bed the one they desire, for a telephone call from the one who has disappeared; they are hoping to escape from an inevitable altercation with their life. Violence and death constantly stalk fragile existence, in a world where friendship and love build fleeting, life-saving bridges between solitary individuals. With their unpredictable situations, dramatic endings, and bold language, which some might find shocking, the stories in End of Season are eloquent illustrations of contemporary sensibilities.