Eugen Uricaru was born on 1 November 1946. In 1968 he founded the Echinox literary group and magazine. In 1974 he made his debut with a collection of novellas: On Purple. In 1977 he published the novel Pyre and Flame, which was translated into German and Hungarian, and in 1978 a collection of short stories, Antonia, which was published in translation in Russia, Macedonia and Serbia. His subsequent novels include Honey (translated in German and Hungarian), Awaiting the Vanquishers (republished as Waiting for the Barbarians in 1999, published in translation in France, Russia, Vietnam and Hungary), Vladya (also published in Hungary and Russia), and The Plot. In 2006, he published the novel Submission (published in French translation), followed by How Heavy an Angel Might Weigh and Back-up Plan. He has been awarded the Romanian Academy’s Ion Creanga Prize, the Mihail Sadoveanu National Prize for Prose, and the Prize for Prose of the Union of Romanian Writers. He is the founder of the Days and Nights of Literature International Festival, held in Neptun on Romania’s Black Sea coast.