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Cezar Paul-Badescu

Cezar Paul-Badescu (born 1968) graduated from Bucharest University with a Degree in Literature in 1996 and was awarded an MA in the Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature by the same institution in 1995. Since 1996, he has worked as an editor for Dilema magazine (in the meantime renamed Dilema Veche). In 1997, he edited an issue of the magazine that questioned the mythologies surrounding Romania’s national poet, Mihai Eminescu. The issue provoked irate reactions in the Romanian press and led to statements being made in Romania’s Parliament. Cezar Paul-Badescu was threatened with a “firing squad” in nationalist publications. In 1999, he edited an anthology named The Eminescu Case (Editura Paralela 45, Pitesti), which once more drew protests from the nationalists, and in 2000 he was awarded the Mihai Eminescu Medal for Cultural Merit by the President of Romania. He made his literary debut in 1995, in the anthology Tablou de familie (Family Portrait, Editura Leka Brincus, Bucharest). Polirom has published his novels Tineretile lui Daniel Abagiu (2004) and Luminita, mon amour (2006). Both novels have been published in Bulgarian translation. Since 2007, Cezar Paul-Badescu has been the head of the Culture section of Adevarul newspaper.

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