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Norman Manea receives Writers’ Guild National Prize for Literature

Norman Manea was awarded the National Prize for Literature, and Mihai Zamfir, the one for literary criticism and essay, at the Romanian Writers’ Guild 2011 prize-awarding ceremony at the Guild’s headquarters, Wednesday evening. The Union’s president, Nicolae Manolescu, was the host of the event. Gabriel Chifu was the winner in the poetry department with “Notes from a Mysterious Land” (Cartea Romaneasca Publishing House). Alexandru Vlad won the Best Prose Prize for “Ploile amare” <Bitter Rains> (Charmides). Mihai Zamfir won the Critics’ Award ” A Brief History>. Alternative Panorama of Romanian Literature” (Cartea Romaneascaa Polirom). Gellu Dorian was the winner in the Theater section, with the volume “Comfort Freud” (Timpul Publishing House). The Special Prize went to Cassian Maria Spiridon – “About Barbarians or the Invasion of the Flat Man “, Litera Publishing House.Alex Goldis won in the Debut section, with “The Critique in Trenches” (Cartea Romaneasc?). Best Translation Award – Dinu Flamand for F. Pessoa – ” Works of Poetry ” (Humanitas Fiction), and the “Andrei Bantas” Foundation Award, Violetei Popa, George Volceanov and Horia Garbea for W. Shakespeare – “Works, IV” (Paralela 45). No nominations were made for this year’s Children and Youth Literature Prize.Manea has become one of the most important contemporary Eastern European writers. His work, translated into 20 languages, has received high literary international prizes. His volume “Intoarcerea Huliganului’ – ‘The Hooligan’s Return’, a memoir volume published in 2003, was considered by The New Yorker Magazine ‘an extraordinary book’. The book received the French Prix Medicis for Foreign Literature in 2006. His latest novel, ‘Vizuina’ (The Lair) was published in Romania in 2010.Norman Manea was born in Suceava, in the Bucovina region of Romania, in 1936, in a Jewish family. Deported as a child to a concentration camp in Ukraine, he returned to Romania with the surviving members of his family in 1945. He went on to study in Bucharest and worked as a hydraulic engineer. He started to publish in 1966 and left Romania in 1986, which he described in Royal Society discussion in his honor as something of an “absurdest adventure.”

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