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Adrian G. Romila

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Adrian G. Romila was born in Piatra Neamt on 29 September 1974. He studied Literature at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Jassy, and went on to take a PhD in Anthropology and Folklore. His publications include The Image of Heaven in Folk Culture: Anthropological Essay (2009; Union of Romanian Writers Debut Award); At Love and On the Road: Reading Stops (essays, 2010); On the Way South: Novel of Adventure (2012; Union of Romanian Writers Prose Award, nominated for the Ziarul de Iasi National Prose Prize), an excerpt from which was selected for the Jassy International Literature Festival’s Anthology of Contemporary Prose from Iasi, 2013); Radio in the Snow (short stories, 2014); Pirates and Ships: Foray into a Potential Imaginary of the Sea (essay, 2015); Small Changes in Life...

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Novel, EGO.PROSE series, Polirom, 232 pages

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In the autumn of 1917, master carpenter Cristian David arrives in Prisacani, a hamlet in the Neamt Mountains, on the border with the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where he is to restore the woodwork of a church. Although Romania has been devastated by war, the demons of the Great War so far seem to have spared the painted log cabins of the hamlet, which is barely marked on any official map and where tranquillity reigns. But suffering and the proximity of death will soon ravage this miniature mountain paradise, and the enigmatic stranger, Cristian David, will play an important rôle in the midst of the dramatic events that are to overtake the place whose beauty he has arrived in order to restore. Violently struck by the reverberations of the war and the Bolshevik revolution that is just beginning, the hamlet suffers in miniature the terrible ordeals undergone by Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. Capturing another two tragic events, one real, the other imaginary, the novel becomes a narrative labyrinth in which people and the times intersect in surprising ways and repeat the wider history analogically.

Apocalypsis is a heretical gospel made up of vague oral sources, a gigantic parable of evil, of inescapable sacrifice, and of the strange games played by divine omnipotence. The catastrophes are part of the world’s substance and follow upon each other in various forms, permitted from above, by the Great Eye, which thereby teaches its mysterious lessons. The peaceful inhabitants of Prisacani will also confront it, and as ever, each will pay a fitting toll.

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