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Horia Ursu

Horia Ursu (b. 1948) studied Literature at the “Babeş-Bolyai” University in Cluj, where he is now a lecturer in the French Department. As an associate teacher, he taught courses on Twentieth-Century French Literature at Jules Verne University, Amiens (1990-1991), and was invited to give a series of lectures on Central-European Literature at the same university in 1994. He has been awarded research grants by the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1995), and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1996). He is part of the group of writers who came to prominence through the Cluj-based Echinox (Equinox) magazine, and was included in the anthologies Debut 1986 (Cartea Românească, 1986) and The 1980s Generation in Short Prose (1998). In 1988, Cartea Românească published his first novel, The Seasons according to Zenovie. Horia Ursu recently published a massive study of the prose of Milan Kundera : Milan Kundera : Themes, Variations, and Terminal Paradoxes (2008). His novel The Siege of Vienna (Cartea Românească, 2007) was greeted with enthusiasm by literary critics of different generations and orientations, and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Prize of the Romanian Writers’ Union, and the Observator cultural (Cultural Observer) Prize.

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