Carmen-Francesca Banciu

Ein Land voller Helden

Thirty years after the fall of the wall and after the turn in Eastern Europe, the world is at a crossroad again. Do we need another revolution? What happens to a society after a historical shock and the collapse of old structures?

In search of an answer:  Was it kitsch, coup or revolution? A mysterious young journalist, who calls himself "the collector", leads through the labyrinth of the life stories of a group of opponents of the regime, he observes them, collects their testimonies, makes use of the methods of the secret service when he records their voices on tape, while he steadily reveals his own cruel story.

In vivid poetic language and with subtle humor Carmen-Francesca Bancju captures the Turn and its impacts in her novel through the example of the Romanian revolution and tries to answer the question of the possibility of a future. The friends' fate is exemplary for all those "hidden heroes" for whom a new era began after the collapse of communism.

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Carmen-Francesca Banciu

Carmen-Francesca Banciu was born in Romanian Lipova and studied religious painting and foreign trade in Bucharest. As a result of being awarded the International Short Story Award of the City of Arnsberg for the story "Das strahlende Ghetto" (1985), she was banned from publishing her work in Romania.

In 1991 she accepted an invitation extended by DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Residence program and came to Germany. She has been living in Berlin since 1992, employed as a freelance author writing articles for the radio and newspapers as well as leading seminars for creativity and creative writing. Since 2013 she has acted as the co-editor and deputy director of the transnational, interdisciplinary and multilingual e-magazine Levure Littéraire. Banciu has received numerous literature prizes and scholarships; most recently her Novel Lebt wohl, Ihr Genossen und Geliebten was nominated 2018 for the German Book Prize. Her work has been translated into many languages.