I don’t have a schedule for writing. I write poetry when I have the feeling that if I don’t write it, something bad will happen to me. I write poetry almost in a trance. Prose, on the other hand, is like an edifice with well-polished bones and large windows, with big doors and rooms ditto, and full of narrative. It’s always about the pleasure
Ruxandra Cesereanu (b. 1963). She was a student at the Faculty of Letters, Cluj, graduating in 1985. While at university, she trained as an editor with Echinox magazine. Since 1991, she has been an editor for the Steaua cultural review in Cluj. In 1997, she was awarded her PhD, for a thesis on The Hell of the Prison Camps as reflected in the Romanian Awareness. She is currently a...
Novel, Fiction Ltd, Polirom, 2013, 240 pages
The novel One Sky Above Them is a fresco of the changes that took place in Romania from the “obsessive decade” (the Stalinist 1950s) to the aftermath of the 1989 revolution, in which the minor histories of people allied to the communist regime or at odds with it are incorporated within and give shape to the wider historical period. Resistance fighters in the mountains, deportees, political prisoners, regime opponents, dissidents, border escapees, and revolutionaries, but also the Securitate, political leaders, torturers, informants and many others, victims and oppressors alike, all live under the same sky between 1945 and 1991, the chronological boundaries of this epic tapestry on which the author worked for a decade. Ruxandra Cesereanu offers us narratives of lives and deaths dictated by a violent collective history, which can be likened to the world depicted by Varlam Shalamov in Kolyma Tales.
novel, "Prose" series, Cartea Romaneasca;, 2007, 264 pages
This is a spectacular volume of experimental prose, entirely consecrated to love or, more generally, the mysterious relationships between women and men. The erotic fantasy in the book is matchless, but is nonetheless akin to that of the author’s previous novel, Tricephalos. Taboos are attacked one by one, in order to undertake a detailed investigation of the psychology of intimacy. It is a book that is principally about men, within an explosive kaleidoscope achieved by a ludic, sensual and expressive feminine sensibility.