Nichita Danilov (b. 1952) graduated from the Faculty of Economics and the Professional School of Architecture in Jassy. He has published seven collections of poetry : Fîntîni carteziene (Cartesian Wells, 1980), Cîmp negru (Black Field, 1982), Arlechini la marginea cîmpului (Harlequins at the Edge of the Field, 1985), Poezii (Poems, 1987), Deasupra lucrurilor, neantul (Above All Things, Nothingness, 1990), and Mirele orb (The Blind Bridegroom, 1995), a volume of short prose, Nevasta lui Hans (Hans’ Wife, 1996), a collection of political squibs, Urechea de cîrpă (The Cloth Ear, 1992), a book of literary portraits, Apocalipsa de carton (Cardboard Apocalypse, 1993), as well as the novels Tălpi. Sotronul (Soles. Hopscotch, 2004) and Locomotiva Noimann (Noimann Locomotive, 2008), also published by Polirom. He is represented in many anthologies, both Romanian and foreign. Translations of his poems have been published in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Spain, France, the USA, and Great Britain. The novel Masa şi Extraterestrul (Masha and the Extraterrestrial), greeted favourably by the critics, is regarded as the author’s most significant prose work.