“The Last Dragoman,” Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, 28.1 (Winter/Spring 2016), p. 27-46
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 a mesmerizing brand of domestic tyranny over the main character and virtually comes to own him. A bitter satire of communism and capitalism alike, “The Last Dragoman” is the saga of four generations of enchanting women interpreted by the same man.
“The Last Dragoman” (selected from over 300 entries) is the winner of the 2015 Gulf Coast Prize for Fiction
“Beggars and Thieves” (selected from 474 entries) is the winner of the 2011 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction
“Nota legatarului” [“Literary Executor’s Note”], Viata Romaneasca nr. 5/2008, p. 18-19
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