Vartan Arachelian was born in 1936. He is a journalist, writer, maker of radio and television programmes, and author of questionnaires and reportages, well known for his Romanian Television broadcasts since before the 1989 Revolution. In 1990, he became the director of Romania’s first independent television station, SOTI. In 1991, he was awarded the A.P.T.R. Interview Prize for the dialogue with philosopher Petre Tutea he conducted on the Constructive Word programme. He has also written and directed a number of documentary films, including Grown ups, The City’s Mirrors, The Constructive Word, and Fear and Truth : The Caciulati File. His books include : How We Learn to Live (1977), The Autumn of Our Suffering (1980, 2006), The Sunday after Hell (1983, 2006),...
Novel, Fiction LTD series, Polirom, 2015, 256 pages
In the 1980s, the last decade of communism, Valeriu Timisana is a journalist who, having become sick of his profession, wishes to make a change and begin a career as a writer. Taking up a challenge laid down by an old master of inter bellum journalism, by the name of Pillat, Timisana travels to his native Constanta to research a novel. Brimming with history and the picturesque, Constanta seems a town full of possibilities. The aspiring writer tries to reconnect with old acquaintances, he traces the thread of local history back to the time of Ovid’s exile, and finds potential characters : two shepherds who sell their shoddy wares on the sea front, a backgammon champion, a head waiter, and an illusionist. But despite all this, it doesn’t quite come out right... At the End of the Night is a successful novel about an unsuccessful attempt to write a novel, a tale full of humour and subtle irony.