Eugen Uricaru was born on 1 November 1946. In 1968 he founded the Echinox literary group and magazine. In 1974 he made his debut with a collection of novellas: On Purple. In 1977 he published the novel Pyre and Flame, which was translated into German and Hungarian, and in 1978 a collection of short stories, Antonia, which was published in translation in Russia, Macedonia and Serbia. His subsequent novels include Honey (translated in German and Hungarian), Awaiting the Vanquishers (republished as Waiting for the Barbarians in 1999, published in translation in France, Russia, Vietnam and Hungary), Vladya (also published in Hungary and Russia), and The Plot. In 2006, he published the novel Submission (published in French translation), followed by How Heavy an Angel Might Weigh and Back-up...
Novel, Prose series, Cartea Romaneasca, 2014, 240 pages
Benjamin was born in a maize field on the edge of a town at the far end of the country and was raised in the humble family of a carpenter. As the communist dictatorship hurtles towards collapse, the carpenter’s son begins to exert an inexplicable attraction over hundreds of pilgrims, who make long journeys to meet him and speak with him, even if only for a moment. Although the Securitate keep him under close surveillance, the young man manages to vanish, and on the eve of the events of 16 December 1989, it appears that he is in Timisoara.
Nominated for Romania literara Book of the Year 2014 and the Union of Romanian Writers Prizes, 2014