Diana Badica was born in Slatina in 1985. She studied Psychology and Educational Studies and Sociology and Social Work at Bucharest University. In 2012, she took part in her first creative writing course, held by Florin Iaru and Marius Chivu. She collaborated on the joint novel Father Christmas & Co. (ART, 2012) and made her debut as a poet with the collection Umpteen Thousand Mornings (Casa de Pariuri Literare, 2014). She has published short prose in Iocan, Familia, and Observator cultural magazines, and articles in Dilema Veche and Decit o Revista. Parents is her first...
Novel, EGO PROSE series, Polirom, 2019, 312 pages
The novel describes the life of a family in a small provincial town when faced with the death of one of their children. The family’s attempts to adapt to the situation coincide with the changes taking place in Romanian society, with most of the action set in the post-communist period. Ioana Negrila, the protagonist, is a little girl caught between the events of childhood, her powerlessness to help her brother, and her need to get over his death. Together with Tudor, a neighbour of the same age, she tries to find out what happened to her brother, who died at a care centre for the disabled, but she is unable to find any plausible explanation. The world of her neighbourhood, her extended family, and the deterioration of her parents’ marriage bring resignation in the face of death only once she becomes an adult.