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“The Last Dragoman,”  Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, 28.1 (Winter/Spring 2016), p. 27-46

“The Last Dragoman” (selected from over 300 entries) is the Winner of the 2015 Gulf Coast Prize for Fiction 

Set in 1950s multiethnic Transylvania, “The Last Dragoman” is a magical realist exploration of the subversive and liberating impact of language, as a family of outsiders hires a small town conformist to impersonate an American gigolo. In their quest to evade Stalin-era oppression, the family exercises their own mesmerizing brand of domestic tyranny over the main character. A bitter satire of communism and capitalism alike, “The Last Dragoman” portrays the triumph of imagination over deformity, old age, mental illness, and social conventions.

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“Beggars and Thieves,” Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Vol. 55, No. 1, Fall/Winter 2011, p. 5-15

“Beggars and Thieves” (selected from 474 entries) is the Winner of the 2011 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction

The macabre comedy “Beggars and Thieves” is a coming-of-age tale set over the course of one night in the late 1970s in a formerly Jewish neighborhood of Bucharest, Romania, and told from the chilling, if compassionate, perspective of a five-year-old girl gifted with monstrous precocity and black humor, “daughter of the poet and the moon,” the vivacious offspring of a Poet Laureate marginally tolerated by the regime, and an eccentric, frail, fatalistic, and nocturnal young woman named Luna. They inhabit the second floor of a haunted building coveted by many, and periodically confiscated by various people and events.

Read “Beggars and Thieves” here, with a Kathryn Dunlevie illustration that evokes the spiral staircase in the story: Carceri del Vaticano 

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“Un document al reabilitarii” [“A Rehabilitation Document”] Viata Romaneasca nr. 11-12/2018, p. 6-7. Read this article (in Romanian) here

“Masina timpului: Amintiri cu Mircea Eliade” [“The Time Machine: Remembering Mircea Eliade”], Viata Romaneasca nr. 11-12/2011, p. 26-35; Read this article (in Romanian) in PDF here (scroll to p. 26)

“Nota legatarului” [“Literary Executor’s Note”], Viata Romaneasca nr. 5/2008, p. 18-19

Read this article (in Romanian) in PDF here (scroll to p. 18)