Lucian Dan Teodorovici

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Novel, "Ego Prose" series, Polirom, 2009, 248 pages

Copyright: Polirom

Translation rights sold to: Ažsara (Italy)

Critics about

The Other Love Stories, I should say from the outset, is a splendid book, one of the most beautiful books I have read for a while, and it will probably one of the most remarkable books to be published this year, a year which has barely just begun. All in all, it is a book with a broad variety of stylistic registers, which speaks about love, in other words (also) about death, growing old, childhood, and illusions”

(Adina DINIŢOIU, Observator cultural)

“Lucian Dan Teodorovici is an excellent teller of atmospheric tales. The tales from childhood are all extraordinary and I don’t think there is any other contemporary writer with a better grasp of childhood and its mixture of curiosity, candour and fear. The Other Love Stories is, up to now, Lucian Dan Teodorovici’s best book.”

(Marius CHIVU, Dilema veche)

“We find ourselves in the midst of a sentimental dialectic, one that is remarkably conducted and contoured, using successive brushstrokes, by the prose writer. Because I have read all his books, I can compare them and say that this is the most mature and the most artistically accomplished.”

(Daniel CRISTEA-ENACHE, Rom‚nia literară)

“To me, the construction of The Other Love Stories is evocative, to a certain extent, of Cristian Mungiu’s film Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days: in both cases, the simplicity is a procedure (as well as an effect of point of view), it is not ‘natural’, but rather carefully thought out, designed, elaborated. In both the film and the book, the anticlimactic finale creates the sensation that the narrative has not come to a close. The artifice of the violently and apparently arbitrarily cut (interrupted) film reel/narrative does, indeed, have a big impact.”

(Bianca BURŢA-CERNAT, Observator cultural)

The Other Love Stories is an admirable book, which marks a moment of grace in our current literature.”

(Antonio PATRAŞ)

“In The Other Love Stories, Lucian Dan Teodorovici is an excellent narrator of events and an ingenious choreographer of a complex ballet of characters.”



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