Serban Alexandru was born in 1957. He studied Philology at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Jassy. Up until 1990 he was a teacher of Romanian. From 1990 to 1992 he was an editor for the Junimea publishing house. He is now a curator at the Museum of Romanian Literature in Jassy. His novels include : Background Noise (Junimea, 1992), Man Is Dead (Junimea, 2001), the first two volumes of his Benedict and Maledict tetralogy, Mallarmé and Albedo (Editura T, 2005), and Diagnostic (Humanitas, 2010), the true story of the author’s own near death experience.