Răzvan Petrescu

 

Author's CV

Răzvan Petrescu was born on September 20, 1956 in Bereşti in the district of Galaţi. An award winning writer who works in several genres, he graduated the Bucharest Faculty of General Medicine in 1982. While in medical school, he attended the Universitas Cenacle, a writers’ workshop that fostered its share of important-writers-to-be under the guidance of Mircea Martin. After graduating the Faculty of Medicine, Petrescu worked as a doctor for five years (at 2 successive health care centers in the Dîmboviţa district) before dedicating himself exclusively to writing. As a writer, he continued to work as a consultant for the Ministry of Culture. He made his literary debut in Debut ’86, a collection of short fiction. Along with his original writing, he has written Romanian adaptations from the Brothers Grimm (“The Queen Bee,” “The Wolf and the Fox,” and “The Enchanted Prince”), Hans Christian Anderson (The Emperor’s New Clothes), Ion Creangă (“The Tale of a Lazy Man”), and James Reeves (“Tom Thumb”). He continues to work with Romanian reviews and magazines: România literară, Luceafărul, Contrapunct, Vatra,Viaţa românească, Arc, Arca, Dilema.

 

Employment

1990-1994: editor at The Word / Cuvîntul and Amphitheater / Amfiteatru, then at Litera Publishing / Editura Litera

1994-1997: director at Allfa Publishing / Editura Allfa (a division of the All Publishing Group / Grupul Editorial All)

1997-2000: medical editor-in-chief, All Publishing Group / Grupul Editorial All.

2000-2003: editor at Allfa Publishing / Editura Allfa.

2004-present: editor at Curtea Veche / Editura Curtea Veche

 

Works:

1986 Debut ’86 / Debut ’86 (short fiction). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.

1989 The Summer Garden / Grădina de vară (short fiction). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.

1993 The Eclipse / Eclipsa (short fiction). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.

1994 The Farce / Farsa (a play). Bucharest: Unitext.

1995 Springtime at the Dive / Primăvara la bufet (a play). Bucharest: Expansion.

1996 The Phantom Church and Other Stories (an anthology of fiction collected by Florin Manolescu). Translated by Georgiana Fârnoagă and Sharon King. University of Pittsburg Press.

1997 Friday Afternoon / Într-o după-amiază de vineri (short fiction). Bucharest: Cartea Românească.

1998 The Eighties Generation in Short Fiction / Generaţia ’80 în proza scurtă. Piteşti: Paralela 45.

2003 Mici schimbări de atitudine. Proză scurtă – O antologie / Small Changes of Attitude (collected short fiction). Bucharest: Allfa.
 
        2007 Shinuii gisha ketanim. Tel-Aviv: Nymrod.

2008 Foxtrot XX / Foxtrot XX. Bucharest: Cartea Românească.

 

Prizes:

1990: The Liviu Rebreanu Foundation Prize for The Summer Garden / Grădina de vară.

1994: The City of Tîrgovişte Prize for Best Novel of the Year: The Eclipse / Eclipsa.

1995: The UNITER Prize for Best Play of the Year: The Farce / Farsa.

1996: Grand Prize of the Camil Petrescu National Stage Writing Competition as well as The Best Play Award of the Romanian Writers Union for Springtime at the Dive / Primăvara la bufet.

1998: Book of the Year Prize at the Cluj National Book Fair, ASPRO Prize for Best Novel of the Year, as well as the The Bucharest Writers’ Assciation Prize Best Novel Prize for Friday Afternoon / Într-o după-amiază de vineri.

2009: The Radio România Cultural Fiction Prize for Foxtrot XX.

 

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An exceptional talent. Răzvan Petrescu is unmistakable. Mircea Nedelciu

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Bibliography

Grădina de vară

Bucharest: Cartea Românească. 1989

Grădina de vară


Sugested English Title: The Summer Garden (short fiction)
Language: Romanian
 
Eclipsa

Bucharest: Cartea Românească. 1993

Eclipsa

Edition: First edition
Sugested English Title: The Eclipse
Language: Romanian
 
Farsa

Bucharest: UNITEXT. 1994

Farsa


Sugested English Title: The Farce (a play)
Language: Romanian
 
The Phantom Church and Other Stories from Romania

Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburg Press. 1997

The Phantom Church and Other Stories from Romania


Language: English
 
Mici schimbări de atitudine. Proză scurtă – O antologie

Bucharest: ALLFA. 2003

Mici schimbări de atitudine. Proză scurtă – O antologie


Sugested English Title: Small Changes of Attitude (collected short fiction)
Language: Romanian
 
Foxtrot XX

Bucharest: Cartea Românească. 2008

Foxtrot XX


Sugested English Title: Foxtrot XX
Language: Romanian
 
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