Ligia Ruscu was born in 1967. She studied History at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj and was awarded a Doctorate in History in 2001. She currently teaches Ancient History at the Babes-Bolyai University. She has published three books: The External Relations of the Greek Cities on the Romanian Shore of the Black Sea (2002), Corpus Inscriptionum Graecarum Dacicarum (2003), Handbook for the History of the Hellenistic Age (2009) and numerous articles on ancient history. A Morning at the Hunt is her first...
Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2014, 576 pages
Constantine Dunca, one of the leading boyars of Wallachia, leads a peaceful and secluded life at his manor in Nucet. He is not married, he does not have children, but he sets great store by the good name of his family. Although he disdains his relatives because of their taste for the new western fashions, he does not allow them to overstep the bounds of decency and does all in his power to protect them from scandals. When the boyar holds a reunion, his nephews, along with a few friends, arrive from Bucharest to stay at Nucet. But the tranquillity is shattered when the estate overseer dies in what seems to have been a hunting accident. One of the guests is determined to discover the facts and begins to investigate. While misunderstandings erupt among those close to the boyar, a number of mysterious characters make their entrance, who seem to have some connection with what has happened, and suspicions and machinations lead to astonishing discoveries. The new and old clash in this novel of nineteenth-century family life in a country under the influence of three rival empires.