Caius Dobrescu

Caius Dobrescu was born in 1966. Up until 1989, he was active only in alternative literary groups. He did not publish his first collections of poetry until after the fall of communism: Efebia (1994) and Spalindu-mi ciorapii (Washing My Socks, 1994). His other collections of poetry include: deadeva / ’ndeed (1998) and Oda liberei intreprinderi (Ode to Free Enterprise), for which the author and his German translator, Gerhardt Csejka, were awarded ex aequo the European Poetry Prize of the City of Munster. He is also the author of a number of collections of essays, Semizei si rentieri (Demigods and Rentiers, 2001) and Revolutia radiala (The Radial Revolution, 2008) put forward a positive aesthetic and socio-cultural evaluation of the concept/category of the “bourgeois”. Modernitatea ultima (The Final Modernity, 1998) and Inamicul impersonal (The Impersonal Enemy, 2001) contain essays about literature’s involvement in the intellectual and cultural mutations of the West and Eastern Europe. His first novel, Balamuc sau Pionierii spatiului (Madhouse, or the Pioneers of Space), largely written prior to 1989, but not published until 1994, develops the theme of the personal and social tragedies caused by communist Romania’s birth-control policies. Teza de doctorat (Doctoral Thesis, 2007) is a massive mock epic, which tackles the subject of the corruption of academic standards – a source of violent political scandal in Romania in 2012 – as a metaphor for the moral decay of Romanian society in general. Euromorphotikon (2010) is a novel in verse that explores the problem of European identity through the prism of the legacy of the political/sexual revolution of the 1960s.


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