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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 year of the yellow mole (Timpul, Jassy, 2003), which was followed by ghinga (Vinea, Bucharest, 2005) and The Mara Dictionary (Cartier, Kishinev, 2009). In 2004 he was awarded the Mihai Eminescu Opera Prima Poetry Prize and the Literary Debut Prize of the Union of Romanian Writers. In 2010, he was awarded the Radio Romania Cultural Prize for Poetry and in 2011 Slovenia’s Vilenica Crystal Prize. Cartea Romaneasca has published two collections of his short stories: Irresistible (2010) and The Parish (2012). His work has been included in anthologies published in Romania, Sweden, France, the United States, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia and...

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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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