Novel: Life Begins on Friday
Ioana Pârvulescu was born in Braşov, Romania. At the age of 19 she moved to Bucharest, since when she has become very attached to the city’s history and stories. She attended the Faculty of Letters in her new city. After graduation, like many of her colleagues, she was assigned to teach at a country school with the result that she commuted between a country village and Bucharest for 7 years.
Her real literary life began after the Revolution of ’89. In 1993 she became an editor at Romania literară, a literary magazine where she published a weekly column for 18 years. She launched and coordinated the “Night Table Books” collection at Humanitas (a major Bucharest publishing house), which ran for 10 years. She has published over ten books, and also translated from French and German (Maurice Nadeau, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Angelus Silesius, Rilke etc.) She is best known for the titles she has published at Humanitas: Return to the Inter-war Bucharest (imaginative non-fiction, 2003), In the Thick of the Nineteenth Century (2005) and Life Begins on Friday (2009), which is her first novel and has been translated into Swedish (Stockholm, 2244/ Bonnier, 2011), Hungarian (Typotex 2015 ), Serbian (Helikis 2015), French (Seuil 2016) and others languages.
She is currently a Professor at the Bucharest Faculty of Letters where she teaches modern Romanian literature. Her most recent novel is The Future Begins on Monday (2012).
photo: MIHAI BENEA
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