Stelian Tanase (b.1952). Writer, political analyst, historian, and journalist. Graduated with a Degree in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest in 1977 and was awarded a Doctorate in Political Sociology in 1996. He teaches Political Science at the University of Bucharest. He presents talk shows on political and cultural topics on the TVR, Antena 1 and Realitatea television stations. He publishes articles in ”22” review and is the co-ordinating editor of ”Sfera Politicii”. He was formerly a member of the Romanian Parliament. He has given lectures in Rome, Paris, Oslo, Vienna, Budapest and Washington, as well as at prestigious universities in the United States: Berkeley University, UCLA, Stanford University, New York University, Columbia University, University of Maryland, and the New School for Social Research. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his books and work in television. He made his debut as a novelist in 1982, with Luxul melancoliei (The Luxury of Melancholy) (2nd edition, 1993). The volumes he has published since 1989 include: Corpuri de iluminat (Light Fittings) (novel, 1990; 2nd edition, 1997), Socuri şi crize (Shocks and Crises) (political articles, 1993), Playback (novel, 1995; 2nd edition, 2004), Ora oficiala de iarnă. Jurnal 1986-1990) (Official Winter Time. Diary) (1995), Sfidarea memoriei (The Defiance of Memory) (conversations with Alexandru Paleologu, 1996), Anatomia mistificarii, 1944-1989 (The Anatomy of a Mystification) (1997), Miracolul revolutiei. O istorie politică a caderii regimurilor comuniste (The Miracle of Revolution. A Political History of the Fall of the Communist Regimes) (1999), Acasă se vorbeste in soaptă. Dosar si jurnal din anii tirzii ai dictaturii (2002; At Home There’s Only Speaking in a Whisper, Columbia University Press, New York, 2007), Anatomia mistificarii. Procesul Noica-Pillat (The Anatomy of a Mystification. The Noica-Pillat Trial) (2003), Zei si semizei. La început de secol (Gods and Demigods. At the Beginning of a Century), Clientii lu’ tanti Varvara (2005; Auntie Varvara’s Clients, Spuyten Duyvil, New York, 2007). Polirom has published his Revoluţia ca esec. Elite si societate (Revolution as Failure. Elites and Society) (political studies, 1996), L.A. vs. N.Y. Jurnal american (American Diary) (1998) and Corpuri de iluminat (Light Fittings) (3rd edition, 2004).