George Balaita

George Balaita (1935-2017),  one of the classic prose writers of contemporary Romanian literature. He graduated from the Philology Faculty of the A.I. Cuza University in Jassy in 1967 and subsequently worked as a draughtsman, supply teacher and P.E. instructor. From 1964, he worked as an editor and later assistant editor-in-chief for Ateneu magazine, published in Bacau. In 1979, he moved to Bucharest, where he held the position of secretary to the Writers Union. Between 1980 and 1989, he was director of the Cartea Romaneasca publishing house. His books, which have been published in numerous editions and translated into a number of languages, include Calatoria (The Voyage, 1964), Conversind despre Ionescu (Conversing about Ionescu, 1966), Intimplari din Noaptea Soarelui de Lapte (Events from the Night of the Milk Sun, 1968), and Ucenicul neascultator (The Disobedient Apprentice, 1977). He has received the Writers Union Prize (1975) and the Prize of the Romanian Academy (1977), among other awards. In 1980, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Iowa University. In 2005, he was awarded the Opera Omnia Prize of the Association of Writers from Bucharest, and in 2008 he received the National Literature Prize, awarded by the Union of Romanian Writers. Polirom has published two volumes of his collected works: Opere I. Lumea in doua zile (Works 1. The World in Two Days, 2009) and Opere II. Marocco (I), 2011).


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