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Dan Lungu


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Novel, Fiction LTD series, Polirom, 2014, 360 pages

Copyright: Polirom

Translation rights sold to: Colibri (Bulgaria), Amaltea (Poland)

Critics about

“Dan Lungu proves, yet again, if proof were needed, that he is a natural-born writer, to the very marrow of his bones, a writer who deserves the full attention of readers (Romanian or foreign). His storytelling strength is so great that it completely swallows you up, it pulls you down into the book’s pages, it overwhelms you and takes over your whole mind – it’s almost like a literary invasion. I don’t go in for absolute value judgements, but sometimes, when my enthusiasm overflows, I make them. And so here it is, The Little Girl Who Played at Being God is without a shadow of a doubt perhaps one of the best books of 2014 and one of the finest literary ‘pieces’ I have consumed in recent years.”

(Eli BADICA, Suplimentul de cultura)

“Dan Lungu has constructed some of the most believable and the strongest child characters in recent literature, whose inner monologues win you over thanks to their sensitivity and authentic innocence, monologues that have not a single false or unrealistic note.”

(Andreea RASUCEANU, Romania literara)

“It is a very powerful social novel, it is well researched and interesting for the issue in itself, for the fact that it reconstructs in a novel the phenomenon of Romanian emigration (with all its impact on the families left at home), of Romanians in search of work and earnings abroad at the beginnings of the 1990s.”

(Adina DINITOIU, Observator cultural)

“Is childhood, with its teachings about the difference between good and bad, a mere deviation from the banality of the bad that we are all inured to after a certain age, with which we ‘cohabit’? Does literature do nothing more than to punish the bad and reward the good? Is it still worth inventing stories and writing novels when we have investigative journalism and serious ‘life’ stories? Dan Lungu does not try to get to the bottom of this dilemma, which seems to me to underlie a good deal of his writing, and it is a good thing that he does not. Readers will come to this book, the author’s best to date, with their convictions and prejudices. What is important is that after they read it, their convictions and prejudices will not be the same.” 

(Doris MIRONESCU, Suplimentul de cultura)

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