Serban Alexandru was born in 1957. He studied Philology at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Jassy. Up until 1990 he was a teacher of Romanian. From 1990 to 1992 he was an editor for the Junimea publishing house. He is now a curator at the Museum of Romanian Literature in Jassy. His novels include : Background Noise (Junimea, 1992), Man Is Dead (Junimea, 2001), the first two volumes of his Benedict and Maledict tetralogy, Mallarmé and Albedo (Editura T, 2005), and Diagnostic (Humanitas, 2010), the true story of the author’s own near death...
Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2015, 296 pages
Alexandru’s novel is remarkable above all for the uniqueness of its style in the overall context of contemporary Romanian literature. He adopts postmodernism at the textual level and constructs a world based on magic realism, with characters difficult to find in everyday life, but who throughout the story become vehicles for a message that refers directly to the contemporary world : we do not recognise the characters, but we understand that they force us to recognise ourselves in their moral, in the depths of their narrative existence. It is a book that puts forward a new humanism, which will emerge after we erase the mistakes that we have made and repeated throughout our lives.