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Cosmin Perta

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Cosmin Perta was born in Viseu de Sus, Maramures, in 1982. He is a poet, prose writer and essayist. He graduated from the Literature Faculty of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj. He went on to take an MA in Contemporary Literature at Bucharest University, followed by a doctorate with a thesis on the subject of the fantastic in East-European literature. He has published five volumes of poetry, two collections of short stories, two novels, a monograph, a study and a play. His poems have been translated into eleven languages. In the Romanian and foreign press there are more than two hundred reviews and references to his...

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Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2015, 200 pages

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After witnessing the death of his grandfather in an industrial accident, a boy of eleven undergoes a powerful existential crisis. He has only recently moved to the city and he has no friends to whom he can impart his pains and his fears. He cannot talk to his parents because they are always too busy and quarrel continuously. Within himself he is caught up in a constant battle with the devil’s daughter, who tells him he has not been baptised. Wishing to get away from everything and begin a new life, at the age of fourteen he leaves home. He arrives in Cluj, for a time he works in a second-hand bookshop, and then he goes to Vama Veche, on the Black Sea coast. Later, he goes to a monastery, where he is baptised. After his baptism, the devil’s daughter disappears, but not for long...

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