Cristian Teodorescu was born on 10 December 1954 in Medgidia. He graduated from Bucharest University with a Degree in Philology in 1980. He made his literary debut in 1981, with a short story published in "Tribuna" magazine. His work is included in Desant 83 (Parachute Landing 83), an important anthology of new writers published by Cartea Românească in 1983. In 1985, Cartea Românească published a collection of his short stories, entitled Lighting Technician, which was awarded the Union of Romanian Writers Prize for Literary Debut, the Union of Communist Youth Prize, and the Liviu Rebreanu Foundation Prize. In 1988, he published the novel The Secrets of the Heart (Cartea Românească), which was awarded the Romanian Academy Prize in 1990. In 1991, he published Faust Retold for my Young Sons, Petre and Matei (Editura Alex). His collection of short prose, Tales from the New World (Editura RAO, 1996), was awarded the Union of Romanian Writers Prize. Since then, he has published another two collections, The Petrol Station Angel (Editura Paralela 45, 2002) and Lighting Technician and Other Short Stories (Editura Curtea Veche, 2004). Translations of his short stories have been published in anthologies in Holland, Russia and the United States. His novel Medgidia, the Town at the End of the World, published in 2009, garnered enthusiastic praise from the literary critics and has been awarded the "Ziarului de Iași" National Prize for Prose, the Prize for Best Novel at the Colloquia of the Romanian Novel held in Alba Iulia, and the Union of Romanian Writers Prize for Prose.