Dan Lungu is one of the most important Romanian novelists to have emerged in the post-communist period. His award-winning novels, which include Hens' Heaven, How to Forget a Woman, In Hell All the Light Bulbs are Burnt Out, and The Little Girl Who Played at Being God, have been translated into almost every European language, as well as having been made into feature films and adapted for the stage.
A native of Sunderland, England, Alistair Ian Blyth has resided for many years in Bucharest. His many translations from Romanian include: Little Fingers by Filip Florian; Our Circus Presents by Lucian Dan Teodorovici; Occurrence in the Immediate Unreality by Max Blecher; and Coming from an Off-Key Time by Bogdan Suceava.
"A very good novel, a novel of copious humour, written in the
first person, on one of the most topical of subjects: the
(im)possibility of reconciling the memories of a happy childhood
and youth with a recognition of the abjection of communism."
-Mihaela Ursa, Apostrof
"Dan Lungu refuses . . . the monarchic perspective of the demiurge-novelist who always gazes on the world from above . . . for he treats his characters 'from one equal to another', places himself among them, advancing a vision 'from within' which confers upon the narrative some extra authenticity and naturalness"
-Octavian Soviany, Tribuna
"We are dealing here with an extraordinary novel, one of the few
that I can calmly recommend for export. Because it is incredibly
simple to read. Because it is written with astonishing lightness,
because it has no pretensions to be a fresco of the Ceausescu epoch
or of the 1990s. It is an examination, humane and at the same time
cold, of a typically Central-European state of mind."
-C. Rogozanu, Suplimentul de cultura