Matei Visniec made his debut as a poet in the 1980s and went on to become a playwright. His plays have crossed borders, having been translated into more than thirty languages, and he has topped the bill in more than forty countries. His plays are among the most frequently performed at the Avignon Theatre Festival. Since 1990 he has been a journalist for Radio France Internationale, and he divides his time between France and Romania. In 2008, Cartea Romaneasca published his first novel, The Café Pas Parole, written in 1983. He followed the novel with Panic Syndrome in the City of Lights, one of the best rated novels of 2009 and recipient of the Observator cultural Prize. In 2010 his novel Mr K. Released was published : although written in 1988, during the author’s first year of exile in Paris, Visniec waited more than twenty years before publishing it. His visionary novel Preventative Disorder was published in 2011, and in 2014 his novel The Vendor of Openings to Novels won the Augustin Fratila Prize.