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Nora Iuga

Biography

Nora Iuga is a poet, novelist and translator, a member of the Union of Romanian Writers. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry: The Fault Is not Mine (1968), The Captivity of the Circle (1970), Unsent Letters (1978), Opinions on Pain (1980; awarded the Prize of the Union of Romanian Writers), Heart like a Boxer’s Fist (first edition, 1982; second edition, 2000), The Market of Heaven (1986), Songs (1989), and The Wet Heart Is a Willow (Cartea Romaneasca, 2013), and prose: Leopold Bloom’s Soap (first edition, 1993; second edition: Polirom, 2007; awarded the Prize of the Union of Writers), The Sixty-year-old Woman and the Young Man (first edition, 2000; second edition: Polirom, 2004, 2012; awarded the Prize of the Union of Writers), Fasanenstraße 23...

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Novel, Fiction LTD series, Polirom, 2014, 296 pages

Copyright: Polirom

Translation rights sold to: Paradox (Bulgaria)

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A chronicle of three generations of the same family, whose highly individualised characters and dramatic destinies cover almost a century of Romanian and European history, with all its political upheavals, from Nazism to communism and then the fragile, awkward return to post-totalitarian democracy. The narrative is not linear, however, it does not describe events in chronological order, rather the world of Harald and the Green Moon is reconstructed step by step, like a huge puzzle, made up of memories, letters, real historical characters who meet the fictional characters, well-known stories that combine with the made-up stories of the protagonists of this enchanting novel. It is not a novel lacking in political thrust: on the contrary, the story is constructed around the scaffolding of the traumatic political events of the twentieth century. Besides its literary merits, the value of the novel also resides in the way in which it describes how individuals and the community relate to the intrusion of politics into everyday life.

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Novel, "Fiction Ltd." series, Polirom, 2009

Copyright: Polirom

Translation rights sold to: All rights available

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In this highly personal novel, Nora Iuga frequently adopts the tone of a diary. In any case, the characters, especially those who make a fleeting appearance, have direct counterparts in real life, from Mayor Johannis of Sibiu to Mayor Liviu Negoiţă of Bucharest Sector III, from poet Adela Greceanu to writer Robert Şerban. The narrator character is Nora. A novel about loneliness, about a life that has reached the time for introspection and retrospection, with a tone that is sensitive but, in terms of style and narrative, highly controlled.

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