The Grand Prize and Other Stories

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1850-8
Publication Date
November 2004
Page Count
128 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

The Grand Prize and Other Stories

Daniela Crasnaru

Daniela Crasnaru is one of the most prominent poets and writers in her native Romania. Once a vocal foe of the Ceaucescu regime, Crasnaru was influenced by the repression of the communist period, but her stories depart from those of many Eastern European writers who use literature purely as a form of self-expression. Crasnaru focuses on the human foibles of ordinary people whose lives are limited by feelings of helplessness and failure, people with drab lives who use fantasy to endure, and people who believe themselves happy and must suddenly confront grim reality.

About the Author

Daniela Crasnaru won the Romanian Academy Prize, Romania's highest literary honor, in 1991, and is currently a diplomat, serving as Program Director of the Romanian Academy in Rome. Her works include Sea-Level Zero (BOA, 1999) and Letters from Darkness: Poems (Oxford, 1992). She has been a fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program, a visiting professor of European poetry in Heidelberg, and a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Adam J. Sorkin has published translations of poetry in American Poetry ReviewThe New YorkerPartisan ReviewKeyon Review, and Poetry. He is the translator of Marin Sorescu's The Bridge, Ioana Ieronim's The Triumph of the Water Witch, and Liliana Ursu's The Sky behind the Forest. He is Distinguished Professor of English at Penn State Unviersity.