Tudor Ganea was born in Bucharest in 1983. He is an architect and graduated from the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in 2008. He wrote his first short story in the tenth grade at school, winning first prize in a prose competition for lyceum students in Constanta, after his Romanian teacher entered it on his behalf but without his knowledge. After that, he started writing, mainly short stories, and hasn’t stopped for the last fifteen years, although throughout that period he was his sole reader and critic. His novel The Casemate marks his publishing...
Novel, Ego.Prose series, Polirom, 2016, 216 pages
Gloomy, menacing, like a prehistoric monster, the old German casemate still stands on the cliff. A homeless young man who lived in the tunnels, which are said to lead to the sea, is found dead on the turret of the casemate, his body lacerated. Three workers on the building site of a block of flats that is going to be built on top of the casemate vanish one after the other. Inspector Adamescu is sent to the scene to investigate the strange events undercover. Beneath the squalid surface of a small housing estate by the seashore, the young policeman discovers a fantastic world, peopled by the likes of Olube, Borhot, Litoi, Baban, the Turkish Woman, the ageless woman, and Coco, the pimp without lips. Their bizarre stories gradually lend shape to the history of the old fortification, over which there hovers a curse and whose influence on the world around it is far from coming to an end.