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Alina Nelega

Biography

Alina Nelega (b. 1960, Tîrgu Mures) is a playwright. Her plays have been translated into English, German, French, Hungarian, Polish, Bulgarian, Italian, Albanian, and Catalan; they have appeared in anthologies, magazines and separate volumes, and have been performed in Romania and abroad. She translates and records performances of new texts, and runs workshops and master classes in Romania and abroad. She has taken part in playwriting residencies in Britain and the United States. She regularly takes part in national and international theatre festival, presenting performances and holding workshops. Since 2010, she has taught in the Theatre Faculty of Tîrgu Mures University, where she is head of the MA in Playwriting. She was awarded UNITER Play of the Year 2000 for...

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Novel, EGO. PROSE series, Polirom, 2019, 384 pages

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Translation rights sold to: Editions des femmes-Antoinette Fouque (France)

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A bildungsroman in which petty, everyday communism determines the main character’s path in life. Set in a number of towns in Transylvania and in Bucharest in the 1980s, the novel explores Cristina Nemes’s attempts to discover herself and achieve maturity, to keep her memories alive and to express in writing her feelings, as well as her relationship with her partner, an actress. Despite her efforts to free herself of ever more drastic constraints, she succeeds only in sinking deeper into the contingent, from which the only escape is the imagination, as an antidote to the hallucinatory level of external reality. Following a path imposed on her by the times—from university to a career as a teacher and then a lowly Party activist at the Song of Romania centre, she isolates herself more and more from the world of the everyday, she remains on the margin of intellectual and social life, seeking her salvation in a world she constructs for herself, but which collapses at the slightest contact with the pressures of totalitarianism. as if nothing had happened is a novel about the lack of opportunities in the absence of the freedom you cannot win except by choosing between acceptance and resistance, a choice the main character refuses to make.

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