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Bogdan Suceava

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Bogdan Suceava (b. 1969) was born on 27 September 1969 in Curtea de Arges. He has a degree in mathematics (1994) and postgraduate diploma in geometry (1995) from the University of Bucharest. He took his doctorate in mathematics at Michigan State University, East Lansing (2002). He now teaches at California State University, Fullerton. He has written articles on mathematics and the history of mathematics. He has been a member of Pen Club West U.S.A. since 2005. Awards : First Prize, Nemira Awards, for the novella The Empire of Belated Generals, 1993 ; the Copyro Prize, for the collection The Empire of Belated Generals and Other stories, 2002 ; the Bucharest Writers Association Prize for Prose, for the novel Miruna: A Tale, 2007 ; the Literary Network First Prize,...

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Novel, Fiction LTD series, Polirom, 2016, 328 pages

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On 8 August 1870, while the Franco Prussian War is raging in Western Europe, a revolt against Prince Carol I takes place in Ploiesti. The revolutionaries capture the prefecture, the telegraph office, and the police station, receiving support from numerous Orthodox priests. A large part of the city’s populace is gripped by enthusiasm and supports the revolutionary movement. They include the young Iancu Caragiali, who works as a court clerk. On the day of the revolt, the young man is present at each of the major events of the revolution, and after the uprising is quelled, he acts as a clerk of court during interrogations. Inspired by real events, The Republic describes episodes from the life of Romania’s most important playwright as a young man.

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Novel, "Fiction Ltd."” series, Polirom, 2010, 304 pages

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A GROUP OF STUDENTS spend the night of 25 December 1989 inside the Geology Faculty, in Bucharest, which is a refuge from gunfire raging around the university buildings. A few hundred metres away, a group of soldiers are guarding a strategic point close to the Central Committee building. At dawn the next day, we discover what happened that night. As one of the characters asks, “What if the tragedy is inexplicable and admits nothing rational, nothing noble? What if you don’t know why things happen the way they do? What if you find out that a certain person’s death was aleatory, that someone died because of something stupid, in the midst of a practical joke, in the thick of the chaos caused by a string of misunderstandings and misconceptions? How can you drag yourself forward after that, still full of hopes and ideals? What if the cause of death was indolence, incompetence, a sick imagination egged on by bellicose revolutionary propaganda, grafted onto the imagery of times devoid of legitimacy, whose single salvation was the situation of being on a permanent war-footing against the whole world?”

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Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2004, 2010 (2nd edition), 240 pages

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In Bucharest, the conflicts between various religious sects erupt not only in personal conflicts, but also in street fighting broadcast live on television. Each of the characters we encounter in this novel has a theory, a fanatically held belief. The novel is an unexpected portrait of Romanian society in the nineties, a humorous invitation to view it from an unusual angle.

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