Iulian Ciocan


Iulian Ciocan was born on 6 April 1968 in Kishinev, in the then Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldavia. He is a prose writer, journalist and literary critic. He graduated with a Degree in Philology from the Transylvania University, Brasov, Romania, in 1995. His novel Before Brezhnev Died was published by Polirom in 2007, and has been translated into Czech (Dybbuk, Prague, 2009). His novel The Realm of Sasha Kozak was published by Editura Tracus Arte in 2011, and has been translated into Slovak (Kalligram, Bratislava, 2015) and is due to be published in French (Belleville, Paris). A chapter from his second novel was included in the anthology Best European Fiction 2011, edited by Aleksandar Hemon (Dalkey Archive Press, 2011). In April 2011, he was invited to take part in the PEN World Voices...

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Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2015, 256 pages

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On 26 June 2020, Latin teacher Nicanor Turturica flees Chisinau after the Russian army invades the Republic of Moldova. But he is unable to take refuge in Romania because his passport has expired. Returning to Chisinau, he finds the airport under siege, and before his very eyes a MIG fighter shoots down an aeroplane packed with Moldovan politicians fleeing in an attempt to save their skins. Soon afterwards, he is arrested... This grotesque and terrifying imaginary world is based on one of Moldovans’ greatest fears. At another level, the author of this futuristic scenario, a Bessarabian student, returns to Chisinau from Romania after graduating with a Degree in Philology. It is 1995, and the rapacious post-communist transition period devours countless destinies. Characters from different social backgrounds experience intense dramas, which, viewed from another angle, might seem completely ridiculous. Trying to get a small publishing house to accept his dystopia, the young writer comes up against countless problems, which culminate in a Kafkaesque trial, when he is accused of treason. And in the Morning the Russians Will Arrive weaves together two fascinating stories, with the fantastic being prefigured by the surrounding “reality”, a prophecy of a grim and uncertain future.


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