Caius Dobrescu was born in 1966. Up until 1989, he was active only in alternative literary groups. He did not publish his first collections of poetry until after the fall of communism: Efebia (1994) and Spalindu-mi ciorapii (Washing My Socks, 1994). His other collections of poetry include: deadeva / ’ndeed (1998) and Oda liberei intreprinderi (Ode to Free Enterprise), for which the author and his German translator, Gerhardt Csejka, were awarded ex aequo the European Poetry Prize of the City of Munster. He is also the author of a number of collections of essays, Semizei si rentieri (Demigods and Rentiers, 2001) and Revolutia radiala (The Radial Revolution, 2008) put forward a positive aesthetic and socio-cultural evaluation of the concept/category of the “bourgeois”....
Novel, Fiction LTD series, Polirom, 2011, 696 pages
At the centre of this intellectual thriller, which fuses the real and the virtual in an alternative interpretation of Romanian history from the inter-war period to the present day, is a paradoxical book: although it promises the secret of eternal love, its pages are impregnated with a fast-acting poison. Brought from Java to Romania as part of a plot to assassinate King Carol II, the book passes down through the decades, becoming the focal point of various strange conflicting interests: from the Legionary Movement (the far-right mystic revolutionaries of 1930s Romania) to Cold War secret services, American academics with esoteric obsessions, and treasure hunters from post-communist Romania in search of Ceausescu’s secret bank accounts.