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Dan Coman

Biography

Dan Coman was born in Gersa, Bistrita-Nasaud, on 27 July 1975. He made his literary debut with the collection of poetry the year of the tawny mole (Timpul, 2003), followed by ghinga (Vinea, 2005) and The Mara Dictionary (Cartier, 2009). In 2004, he was awarded the Mihai Eminescu National Poetry Prize, Opera Prima, and the Union of Romanian Writers Prize for Debut. In 2010, he was awarded the Radio Romania Cultural Prize for Poetry, and in 2011 the Vilenica (Slovenia) Crystal Prize. He has also published the prose works The Irresistible (Cartea Romaneasca, 2010), Marriage (Polirom, 2016) and The Parish (Polirom, 2017). His texts have appeared in anthologies published in Romania, Sweden, France, the U.S.A., Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia and...

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Novel, EGO. PROSE series, Polirom, 2017, 160 pages

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The Parish is a strange monograph of an imaginary settlement in the tragic and grotesque years of a brutal dictatorship and at the same time a faux, ironic bildungsroman. The village is viewed through the eyes of an antihero who refuses to grow up, a thirty-year-old teenager in love with the bewildering Ninia, a mysterious girl always accompanied by a procession of strange creatures, nameless animals that defy all taxonomy. Dan Coman’s outstanding novel combines prosaic realism with the lyricism of a phantasmal imaginary that erupts from the core of banal, everyday life, mixing cruelty and tenderness, the improbableness of real life and the veracity of the “immediate reality.”

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Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2015, 248 pages

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In a bus full of commuters, day after day a young man notices a taciturn blond-haired young woman who seems to live in a world of her own. The woman notices him too and they embark upon a strange relationship, which later becomes a love affair, culminating in marriage and two children. But after a time something snaps. He cannot understand his wife’s silences and coldness; she no longer feels desired and merely his presence irritates her. But they each find something in common in Daria, a friend who tries to understand and help them. Joyous and free, Daria becomes essential to the survival of their relationship. Everything goes perfectly until Daria falls ill and unexpectedly dies, and then the couple are alone once more.

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