Radu Tuculescu was born in Tirgu Mures on 1 January 1949. He is a novelist, playwright, and translator from the German. He studied violin at the Gheorghe Dima Conservatory in Cluj. His novels include: The Hour of the Spider (1984), The Fingers of Marsyas (1985), The Shadow of the Goose Quill (1991), The Tales of the Oldmother (Cartea Romaneasca, 2009), and The Insomniac’s Women (Cartea Romaneasca, 2012). His collections of plays include: What the Hell is Going On with this Train? (Eikon, 2004) and Our Brave Micsa! (Eikon, 2010). He has received national and international awards for his prose, theatre, translations and television scripts. He has translated contemporary Austrian and German-language Swiss poetry and prose. His novels have been translated in France, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Serbia, and his plays in the Czech Republic, Hungary, France and Israel.