Norman Manea

 

Author's CV

Norman MANEA was born in Burdujeni in the district (judeţ) of Suceava, which is located in the Romanian province of Bukovina, on July 19, 1936. Along with the entire Jewish population of Bukovina, he was deported in October 1941 to the concentration camps in Transnistria in the Ukraine. He returned to Romania with the surviving members of his family at the end of the Second World War. In 1986 he left Romania as the result of Communist persecution. He lived in West Berlin for one year and has been living in the United States since 1988. He is Francis Flournoy Professor in European Studies and Culture and Writer in Residence at Bard College.

EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT: ROMANIA
In 1959 he graduated from the “Ştefan cel Mare” lycée in Suceava. He was awarded a master’s degree in hydro-technological engineering from the Construction Institute in Bucharest in 1959.  From 1959 to 1974 he worked as an engineer with emphasis on planning, fieldwork and research. He has devoted himself to writing since 1974.

PUBLICATIONS (periodicals/anthologies):
Translated into twenty languages, his short fiction and essays have appeared in periodicals and collections around the world. Organized by country, the list includes:
Romania: Viaţa Românească, Ramuri, România literară, Vatra, Luceafărul, Contemporanul, Steaua, Familia, Echinox, Apostrof, Timpul, Bucureştiul cultural, Contra-Punct, Euphorion, România liberă, Evenimentul zilei, Revista 22, Cotidianul, Cuvîntul, Observator cultural, Dilemateca, Lettre Internationale
Germany: Akzente, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Lettre Internationale, Neue Rundschau, Sinn und Form
France: Les Temps Modernes, La Nouvelle Revue Française, Le Serpent a Plume, Revue de Deux Mondes, Le Monde, Libération
Switzerland: Neue Zurcher Zeitung
Spain: Quimera. La Vanguardia, El País, Revista de Occidente, Letras Libres and Letra Internacional
England: Comparative Criticism, Critical Quarterly
Italy: Linea d'Ombra, Corriere de la Sera, La Stampa, La Republicca, Diario, Lettera Internationale, Nuovi Argumenti
Mexico: Vuelta
South Korea: Seqeui Munhak
Israel: Ydiot Aharonot, Haaretz
Austria: Europaische Rundschau
Poland: Gazeta Wyborcza, Literatura na świecie
Taiwan: Taipei Times
China: Book Town
Denmark: Politiken
Hungary: 2000, Magyar Napló
Japan: The Japan Times, Hermes
New Zealand: The Timaru Herald
Bangladesh: The Independent
Egypt: Daily Star
Tanzania: The Guardian
Jordan: Al Ghad
Kuwait: Al Jaridaa
Lebanon: The Daily Star
Qatar: Al Arab
Saudi Arabia: Al Eqtisadiah
United States: The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Partisan Review, Paris Review, Conjunctions, Salmagundi,, American Poetry Review TriQuarterly
This is a representative sample.

Anthologies: His fiction has been included in anthologies published in the United States, Holland, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Israel, Germany, France and elsewhere.

 
PUBLICATIONS (books)

ROMANIA:
1969  Noaptea pe latura lungă / Night on the Long Side (short fiction).
          Bucharest: Editura pentru Literatură.
1970  Captivi / Captives (a novel). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.
1974  Atrium / Atrium, (a novel). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.
2008 Atrium / Atrium, (a novel), second edition. Iaşi: Polirom.
1975  Primele porţi / First Gates (short fiction). Bucharest: Albatros.
1976  Cartea Fiului / The Book of the Son (a novel). Bucharest: Eminescu.
1977  Zilele şi jocul / The Days and the Game (a novel). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.
1979  Anii de ucenicie ai lui August Prostul / The Apprenticeship of Augustus the Fool
          (documentary novel). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.
2005 Anii de ucenicie ai lui August Prostul / The Apprenticeship of Augustus the Fool
          (documentary novel), second edition, Iaşi: Polirom.
1981  Octombrie, ora opt / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction). Cluj-Napoca: Dacia.
1997 Octombrie, ora opt / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction), second edition (revised).
          Cluj-Napoca: Apostrof.
1984  Pe Contur / Skimming the Edge (essays). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.
1986  Plicul negru / The Black Envelope (a novel). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.
1996 Plicul negru / The Black Envelope (a novel), second edition (revised).
          Bucharest: Editura Fundaţiei Culturale Române.
2003 Plicul negru / The Black Envelope (a novel), third edition.
          Bucharest: Cartea Românească.
2006 Plicul negru / The Black Envelope (a novel), fourth edition. Iaşi: Polirom.
1997  Despre Clovni: Dictatorul şi Artistul / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist, (essays).
          Cluj-Napoca: Apostrof.
2005 Despre Clovni: Dictatorul şi Artistul / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist,
          (essays), second edition. Iaşi: Polirom.
1999  Fericirea obligatorie / Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction) Cluj-Napoca: Apostrof.
2005 Fericirea obligatorie / Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction), second edition.
          Iaşi: Polirom,.
1999  Casa Melcului / The Snail's House(interviews). Bucharest: Hasefer.
2003  Întoarcerea huliganului / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir. Iaşi: Polirom.
2006 Întoarcerea huliganului / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir, second edition. Iaşi: Polirom.
2008 Întoarcerea huliganului / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir, third edition. Iaşi: Polirom.
2004  Plicuri şi portrete / Envelopes and Portraits (memoir). Iaşi : Polirom,.
2006  Textul nomad / The Nomad Text (interviews). Bucharest: Hasefer.
2008  Vorbind pietrei / Talking to a Stone (poem, accompanied by a translation into 10 languages:
          English, Hebrew, German, Spanish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Swedish, French, Italian). Iaşi: Polirom.
2008  Înaintea despărţirii. Convorbire cu Saul Bellow / Before Parting: Conversation with Saul Bellow.
          Iaşi: Polirom.
2008  Sertarele exilului. Dialog cu Leon Volovici / The Drawers of Exile: Conversations with Leon Volovici.
          Iaşi: Polirom.
2008  Variante la un autoportret / Variations on a Self-portrait (short fiction, various lengths). Iaşi: Polirom.

GERMANY:
1987  Roboterbiographie und andere Erzählungen / Robot-biography and Other Stories (short fiction).
          Göttingen: Steidl Verlag, 1988.
1989  Fenster zur Arbeiterklasse / A Window on the Working Class (longer short fiction).
          Göttingen: Steidl Verlag.
1990  Der Trenchcoat / The Trenchcoat (a short novel). Göttingen: Steidl Verlag.
1990  Training fürs Paradies / Training for Paradise(short fiction). Göttingen: Steidl Verlag.
1992  Trennwand / Partition (short fiction). Göttingen: Steidl Verlag.
1998  Über Clowns / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays). Munich: Hanser Verlag.
2004  Die Rückkehr des Hooligan – Ein Selbstporträt / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir.
          Munich: Hanser Verlag.
            2006  Die Rückkehr des Hooligan – Ein Selbstporträt / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir,
                      second edition. Berlin: Berlin Verlag.
2005  Der Schwarze Briefumschlag / The Black Envelope (a novel). Munich: Hanser Verlag.
2007  Oktober, acht Uhr / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction). Munich: Hanser Verlag.
 
ITALY:
1990  Ottobre ore otto / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction). Milan: Serra e Riva, Mondadori.
1998  Ottobre ore otto / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction), second edition. Milan: Il Saggiatore.
2005  Ottobre ore otto / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction), third edition. Milan: Il Saggiatore.
1994  Un paradiso forzato / Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction). Milan: Feltrinelli.
2008  Felicità obligatoria [first published as Un paradiso forzato, Milan: Feltrinelli] / Compulsory Happiness
          (longer short fiction), a new edition. Milan: Il Saggiatore
1995  Clown: Il dittatore e l’artista / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays). Milan: Il Saggiatore.
            1999  Clown: Il dittatore e l’artista / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays),
                      second edition. Milan: Il Saggiatore.
2004  Clown: Il dittatore e l’artista / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays),
          third edition. Milan: Il Saggiatore.
1999  La busta nera / The Black Envelope (a novel). Milan: Baldini Castoldi Dalai.
2004  Il Ritorno dell'Huligano – Una vita / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir.
          Milan: Saggiatore.
2007  Il Ritorno dell'Huligano – Una vita / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir, second edition.
          Milan: Il Saggiatore.
2006  La quinta impossibilità / The Fifth Impossibility (essays). Milan: Il Saggiatore.
2009  Prima di andarseneBefore Parting: Conversation with Saul Bellow. Milan: Il Saggiatore.

FRANCE:
1990  Le thé de Proust / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction). Paris: Albin Michel.
1991  Le bonheur obligatoire / Compulsory Happiness ( longer short fictions), Paris: Albin Michel.
2006 Le bonheur obligatoire / Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction), second edition. Paris: Seuil.
2006  Le retour du hooligan / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir. Paris: Seuil.
2007  L'heure exacte / The Exact Hour (short fiction). Paris: Seuil.

SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA:
1992  Una ventana hacia la clase trabajadora / A Window on the Working Class
          (longer short fiction). Madrid: Grupo Libro.
1994  Octubre a las ocho / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction). Buenos Aires: EMECE.
2000  El sobre negro / The Black Envelope (a novel). Trans. Joaquín Garrigós Bueno.
          Madrid: Metáfora.
2008 El sobre negro / The Black Envelope (a novel), second edition. Barcelona: Tusquets.
2005  El Regreso del Húligan / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir. Barcelona: Tusquets.
2006  Payasos – El dictador y el artista / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist
          (essays) Barcelona: Tusquets.
2007  Felicidad obligatoria / Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction), Barcelona: Tusquets.
2007  La llengua nomada / The Nomad Text (essay). Barcelona: Arcàdia.

NETHERLANDS:
1989  Leergeld / Teaching Money (short fiction). Amsterdan: Meulenhoff.
1992  Het verhoor / The Interrogation (longer short fiction). Amsterdam: Meulenhoff.
2006  De terugkeer van de hooligan – Memoires / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff.
2009  De zwarte envelop / The Black Envelope (novel). Amsterdam: Meulenhoff
          (to be published in May, 2009).

MEXICO:
1991  El impermeable / The Trenchcoat, (a short novel). Mexico City: Vuelta.
2001  El sobre negro / The Black Envelope (a novel). Mexico City: Alfaguara.
 
ISRAEL:
1996  Oktober, She Shmoneh / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction). Tel Aviv-Jaffa: Schocken.
1998  Ha'maatafa Ha'shova / The Black Envelope (a novel). Tel Aviv-Jaffa: Schocken.
2008  Shuvu Shel Hahooligan / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir. Tel Aviv: Nimrord.

NORWAY:
1995  Obligatorisk Lykke / Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction). Oslo: Geelmuyden Kiese Publishing.
1999  Den Svarte Konvolutten / The Black Envelope (a novel). Oslo: Geelmuyden Kiese Publishing.

POLAND:
2000  Październik, godzina ósma / October, Eight O’clock (short fiction). Trans. Halina Mirska-Lasota.
          Sejny: Fundacja Pogranicze.
2000  O klownach – Dyktator i Artysta / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays).
          Trans. Halina Mirska-Lasota. Sejny: Fundacja Pogranicze.

HUNGARY:
2003  Bohócokról. A diktátor és a művész / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays). Budapest: Europa.
2009  A huligán visszatér / The Hooligan's Return. Pécs: Alexandra Kiadó  

CZECH REPUBLIC:
2008  Chuligánův návrat / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir. Prague: Havran.

GREECE:
2000  O Mairos Fakelos / The Black Envelope (a novel). Athens: Kastaniotis.
2003  Hypochreotike Eudaimonia / Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction) Athens: Agra, 2003)
2003  Peri Gelotopoion: ho diktatoras kai ho kallitechnes / On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist
          (essays). Athens: Agra.
 
ENGLAND:
1992  October, Eight O’clock (short fiction). Trans. Cornelia Golna / Anselm Hollo London: Quartet.
1994  Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction). Trans. from French: Linda Coverdale. London: Faber&Faber.
1994  On Clowns (essays). Trans. by the author. London: Faber&Faber.
1995  The Black Envelope (a novel). Trans. Patrick Camiller. London: Faber&Faber.

UNITED STATES:
1992  October, Eight O’clock (short fiction). Trans. Cornelia Golna / Anselm HolloNew York: Grove Press.
1993 October, Eight O’clock (short fiction), second edition. New York: Grove Press.
1992  On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays). Trans. by the author. New York: Grove Press.
1994 On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist, second edition. Trans. by the author.
          New York: Grove Press.
1993  Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction). Trans. from French: Linda Coverdale.
          New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
            1994  Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction), second edition. Trans. from French: Linda Coverdale.
                      Chicago: Northwestern University Press.
1995  The Black Envelope (novel). Trans. Patrick Camiller New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
1996 The Black Envelope (novel), second edition. Trans. Patrick Camiller.
          Chicago: Northwestern University Press.
2003  The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir. Trans. Angela Jianu. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
2005 The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir, second edition. Trans. Angela Jianu.
          New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

CHINA:
2007  The Black Envelope (novel). Beijing: New Star Publishers.
2007  On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays). Beijing: New Star Publishers.
2007  The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir. Beijing: New Star Publishers.

Forthcoming books: France, Italy, Romania, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland
 
AWARDS AND GRANTS
1979 – Literary Prize of the Bucharest Writers’ Association (Romania)
1984 – Literary Prize of the Romanian Writers’ Union, 1984 (withdrawn by the Communist authorities)
1987 – DAAD Berliner Kunstler Programm Grant, 1987 (Germany)
1988 – Fulbright Scholarship, Catholic University, Washington D.C. (USA)
1989-1992 – International Academy for Scholarship and the Arts Fellowship, Bard College (USA)
1992 – Guggenheim Fellowship (USA)
1992 – MacArthur Fellows Award (USA)
1993 – The Literary Lion Medal of the New York Public Library (USA)
1993 – On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays), New York: Grove Press, wins The National Jewish Book Award (USA)
1996 – The Marie Syrkin Jerusalem Fellowship in Letters (Israel)
1997 – The Bukovina Literary Prize (Romania)
2002 – The Nonino International Literary Prize for “Opera Omnia” (Italy)
2004-2005 – American Academy Fellowship in Berlin (Germany)
2004 – The Napoli Literary Prize for foreign novel (Italy)
2005 – Holtzbrinck Prize of The American Academy in Berlin (Germany)
2005 – El Regreso del Huligan / The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir, Barcelona: Tusquets, Voted Best Foreign Book, Spain
2006 – Lux Mundi, the Cultural Award of Radio România Cultural
2006 – The Anfora Literary Prize (Italy)
2006 – Elected a member of the Berlin Academy of Art (Germany)
2006 – The Cultural Prize of the Romanian International Television (Romania)
2006 – Finalist, Femina Prize (France)
2006 – Le Retour du Hooligan / The Hooligan’s Return, Paris: Le Seuil wins The Prix Médicis Étranger (France)
2006 – Elected jury member for the International Nonino Prize (Italy)
2007 – Finalist, the Latinity Prize, awarded by the Association of Latin Countries
2007 – Awarded the Order of Cultural Merit (in rank of Commander) by
            the President of Romania (Romania)
2008 – Honorary Degree in Literature, University of Bucharest (Romania)
2008 – Honorary Degree in Literature, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj (Romania)
2009 – The Literary Award of the Francine and Antoine Bernheim Prize /Prix Francine et Antoine Bernheim
            pour les Arts, les Lettres et les Sciences de la Fondation du Judaïsme français (Paris)
2009 – Finalist for the Fundación Príncipe de Asturias Prize
2009 – The Observator Cultural Award forOpera Omnia, a lifetime achievement award (Romania)
2009 – Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.  

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
The author appeared as participant and speaker at: The International PEN Congress (Maastricht, 1989), German PEN Congress (Koln, 1989), International Conference on "Central Europe at the Crossroads" (CUNY, New York City 1989), The International Conference on "Eastern Europe and Nationalism" (Bard College, 1990), The International Conference on "Redefining Europe (The Atlantic CEO Institute in Washington, D.C., 1990), The International Conference on "North-South-East-West" (Milano, 1990), The Wheatland International Conference on Literature (San Francisco, 1990), The International Meeting of Intellectuals on "The Twentieth Century Experience of Liberty" (Mexico City, 1990), The International Symposium on "The Diaspora of the East after Perestroika" (Madrid, 1991), The International Conference on "Intellectuals and Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe,” (Rutgers University & Partisan Review, 1992), The International Conference on "Eastern Literatures: New Bounds for New Borders" (Torino, 1992), The International Meeting on "Guardians of Dissent" (Amsterdam, 1992), The International Conference on "Translation as Cultural Transmission" (Bard College, 1992), The International PEN Congress (Rio de Janeiro, 1992, Guest of honor), The Debate on "The Artist and the State (New School for Social Research, New York, 1996), participated in the International PEN American Evening: METAMORPHOSIS - A New Kafka (March 26, 1998), The International Conference of Jewish Writers (San Francisco, 1998), The International Conference on "Culture & the Market" (The Institute for Humanity, Vienna, 1998), The International Debate on "The Best Book of the Twentieth Century" (Aspin Institute, Jerusalem, 1999), The International Debate on "Passages: Encounters with Jewish Writers" (Rutgers University), The Jerusalem International Book Fair (2003), The Prague International Literary Festival, (2004), The Leipzig International Book Fair (2004), The Torino International Book Fair (2005), “Cervantes 400” at the New York State Library (2004), The New York PEN Literary Festival (2005), The Berlin Literary Festival (2005), The Berlin DAAD Symposium "Europe erzahlt" (2005), The “Nexus Conference on Democracy,” Amsterdam, 2005, “The Symposium on populism, Barcelona,” 2007, An Evening with Norman Manea (Beaubourg, Centre Pompidou, 2008), The Colloquium on Antonio Tabucchi (Abbaye de Fontevraud, France, 2008), XXI Seminar on Central Europe - 20 years after the Wall (Association of European Journalists, San Sebastian, Spain, July 2009)

LECTURES
DAAD (West Berlin, 1987), State Library Koln (1988), University of Strasbourg (1988), Literarisches Colloquium West Berlin (1989), PEN American Center (1990), State University of New York at Binghamton (1990), University of Illinois (1990), University of Hardford (1990), Indiana University (1991), Columbia University (1992), Queens College (1994), University of Rome (1994), Simon's Rock College (1995), University of Texas (1995), New York University (1995), Skidmore College (1996, 2000, 2002), Northwestern University (1996), The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, 1999), The Jerusalem International Book Fair (Jerusalem, 1999), The Warsaw International Book Fair (Warsaw, 2001), University of Siena, The Primo Levi Foundation in Genoa (2004), DAAD Berlin (2005), Cervantes Institute in Madrid (2007), University of Bucharest (2008), New Europe College, Bucharest (2008), Babes-Boyai University of Cluj (2008), The Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest (2008), The Group for Social Dialogue, Bucharest (2008), The Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest (2008), The Museum of Literature, Bucharest (2008), The Institute for Holocaust Studies, Bucharest (2008) .

TEACHING
– International Academy Fellow at Bard College (1989-1992). Courses on “Eastern European Writers”
   and “Holocaust and Literature.”
– Writer in residence at Bard College (1992-1996). Courses on “Literature on Extreme Situations:
   Holocaust and Gulag” and “Exile and estrangement in modern fiction.” – Francis Flournoy Professor
   in European Studies and Culture, writer in residence at Bard College (1996).
– Courses on “Danube – a Literary Journey,” “Kafka and His Neighbors,” “The Writer as Impersonator and Myth:
   Fernando Pessoa,” “Holocaust and Literature,” “Literature on Extreme Situations,” “Eastern European Writers,”
   “Exile and Estrangement in Modern Fiction,” “Contemporary Masters” (Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Jose Saramago,
   Aleksandar Tisma, Cynthia Ozick, Antonio Tabucchi, Edna O'Brien, Claudio Magris, Orhan Pamuk,
   Mario Vargas Llosa, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Ismail Kadare).
 
 
About the Author

1990  Neues Literatur Lexicon / The New Literary Lexicon. Kindler Verlag, Munich, Germany.
1991  Literary Exile in the Twentieth Century: An Analysis and Biographical Dictionary.
          Ed. Martin Tucker. West Port, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.
1995  Contemporary Authors. Online data base: Gale Group Research, available at www.acquirecontent.com
1995-2006  Who’s Who in America. Marquis Who's Who. New Providence, New Jersey.
1995  World’s Authors. The H.W. Wilson Company, Bronx, New York, and online at www.hwwilson.com
2000  Dictionarul Esenţial al Scriitorilor Români (The Essential Dictionary of Romanian Writers).
          Bucharest: Albatros.
2001  Dicţionar Analitic de Opere Literare Româneşti / An Analytical Dictionary of Romanian Literary Works.
          Cluj: Casa Cărţii.
2001  Dicţionarul Scriitorilor Români / The Dictionary of Romanian Writers. Bucharest: Albatros.
2001  Dictionary of Literary Biography, Twentieth Century Eastern European Writers.
          New York City: Hunter College of CUNY.
2001  Slovník Rumunských Spisovatelů / Dictionary of Romanian Writers. Prague: Nakldatelství Libri.
2003  Enciclopedia Exilului Literar Românesc / Encyclopaedia of the Romanian Literary Exile. Bucharest: Compania.
2004  Dicţionar Cronologic al Romanului Românesc / Chronological Dictionary of the Romanian Novel.
          Bucharest: Romanian Academy.
2005  Dicţionarul de literatură al Academiei Române / Literature Dictionary of the Romanian Academy.
2008  Enciclopedia della Letteratura. Milano: Garzanti.
 
Over the past two decades Norman Manea has been proposed as a candidate for the Nobel Prize of Literature by literary personalities, academics and academic institutions, in the United States, Sweden, Romania, Italy and France.

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"His bookish thoughtfulness, his intellectual subtlety and his affection for complexity, his quiet wit...Living in a state of emergency furnishes the awful thread of continuity that makes his life and work so distinctively harrowing. The battle not of the heroic but of the vulnerable, to hang on and, stubbornly, against all odds, to resist their degradation, to hold out against what Norman Manea calls 'the derailment of humanity itself' - no moral endeavor is more astonishing." (Philip Roth) "Without any doubt, of all contemporary writers Norman Manea is the one who most deserves being known around the world" (Heinrich Böll, Nobel laureate) "Manea's novels and stories present inner views from the Romania of terror, from the bankruptcy of Eastern-European socialism and from the sell out of political utopias. Nobody else besides Norman Manea has succeeded in describing the climate of a dictatorship in such a realistic and oppressive way." (Günter Grass, Nobel Laureate) "Norman Manea is one of the most profound contemporary writers." (Robert Silvers, editor: The New York Review of Books) “A masterly artist whose fresh presence among us should deepen, augment, and finally arouse American letters.” (Cynthia Ozick) "With his talent and creativity he belongs to the great men of Romania." (Orhan Pamuk, Nobel laureate) "Manea is one of the great writers able to grow in a complete desert. In his splendid writings, he has expressed the uprootedness and exile of our time, where everyone knows, like Moses, that he won't reach the Promised Land. The letters engraved on the skin and page of this great writer become a kind of hieroglyph of the Leviathan, a tremendous scar." (Claudio Magris) "I have read Norman Manea in English, French and Spanish....No matter how worthy of esteem and admiration his behavior and his civic opinions have been, the essential thing remains that Manea is an artist, a genuine writer." (Octavio Paz, Nobel laureate).

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October, Eight O’clock (short fiction)

New York: Grove Press. 1993

October, Eight O’clock (short fiction)

Edition: Second edition
Language: English
 
On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays)

New York: Grove Press. 1994 (Trans. by the author)

On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays)

Edition: Second edition
Language: English
 
On Clowns (essays)

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On Clowns (essays)


Language: English
 
Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction)

New York: Farrar, Straus &Giroux. 1993 (Trans. from French: Linda Coverdale)

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Language: English
 
Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction)

Chicago: Northwestern University Press. 1994 (Trans. from French: Linda Coverdale)

Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction)

Edition: Second edition
Language: English
 
Compulsory Happiness (longer short fiction)

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Language: English
 
The Black Envelope (a novel)

London: Faber and Faber. 1995

The Black Envelope (a novel)


Language: English
 
The Black Envelope (novel)

New York: Farrar, Straus &Giroux. 1995 (Trans. Patrick Camiller)

The Black Envelope (novel)


Language: English
 
The Black Envelope (novel)

Chicago: Northwestern University Press. 1996 (Trans. Patrick Camiller)

The Black Envelope (novel)

Edition: Second edition
Language: English
 
The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir

New York: Farrar, Straus &Giroux. 2003 (Trans. Angela Jianu)

The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir


Language: English
 
The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir

New York: Farrar, Straus &Giroux. 2005 (Trans. Angela Jianu)

The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir

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Language: English
 
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As tardes de cinema romeno do ICR Lisboa continuam no dia 17 de Dezembro de 2009, às 19h00, na ...
14 December
Omaggio a Gheorghe Dinica Proiezione del film "Filantropica" (regia Nae Caranfil, 2002)
“Filantropica” è uno dei film che più rendono giustizia al ...
12 December
Årets Nobelpristagare i litteratur Herta Müller gästar Dramaten
Foto: Cato Lein 12.12.2009, Dramaten, Nybroplan, Stockholm I samband med Nobelveckan kommer ...
10 December
Romanian Festival @ Peninsula Arts - University of Plymouth
13 & 14 November 2009. Films until 18 December. Twenty of Romania's most influential and ...
10 December
Lesung und Gespräch mit Ioana Nicolaie
Donnerstag, 10. Dezember, um 19.30 Uhr Ort: Szimpla Café Gärtnerstrs.15, ...
 
 

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