Ovidiu Verdes was born on 13 April 1963. He teaches in the Literature Faculty of Bucharest University. He is the author of Metaphor : An Open Concept (2004), Metaphor and Metaphysics : Heidegger, Nietzsche, Blaga, Derrida (2005), and Contemporary Literary Theory : Themes, Authors, Approaches (2008). He was a member of the Universitas literary circle, headed by critic Mircea Martin. He made his debut with a group of poems published in Luceafarul and Contrapunct, and has published essays and articles in Euresis, Cuvintul, Dilema, Observator cultural, and Romania literara. His novel Musics and Antics was published in 2000 by Univers publishing house and won the Writers Union Prize for Debut. It is an iconic novel for the 2000s generation.