O chestiune de libertate

O chestiune de libertate

Maast clipi când ceasul – pe a treia etajeră la dreapta, deasupra cuțitului însângerat, sub ghemul de cabluri pe care își tot promitea să îl descurce mâine, niciodată astăzi – începu să sune incontrolabil de parcă ar fi avut cu adevărat viață și o personalitate cam colerică. 00:00 arăta cu prea multă mândrie. Păcat că era stricat și își amintea acea oră doar ocazional, spre disperarea lui Maast. Clipi din nou. Ecranul din fața lui era mort, observă acum. Țigara care îi atârna în colțul stâng al gurii era arsă de mult. Se uită obosit la ecran până când, cu

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The Body Electric Performed by Carl Fuerst

The Body Electric Performed by Carl Fuerst

In The Body Electric, Marcus finds himself a guest in a mysterious house with many locked doors and a mischievous 9 year old veiled matriarch who suffers from a peculiar condition. Carl Fuest’s rendition maintains the atmospheric eeriness of the original text while visually exploring its deeper meanings. The Body Electric can be read on this site in both English and Romanian. All credit for the audio performance and visual representation of the story go to The Breakroom Stories. The video was first published on 3 April 2017.

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Ființa electrică

— Sunt multe uși închise în această casă, mi-a spus Tesla în timp ce sălta pe hol, în rochia ei cu volănașe, chicotind de plăcere. Sunetele ar fi trebuit să fie cele ale unui copil jucăuș, dar venind din gura ei, în acea acasă, păreau mai degrabă tânguirile îndepărtate ale unei fantome. Fața îi era acoperită de un văl, dar nu putea să-i ascundă paloarea roșiatică a buzelor sau felul în care se arcuiau cu o satisfacție răutăcioasă când îi îngrijora pe cei din jurul ei. Era „ființa electrică”, sacrosancta mater familias, un copil de doar 9 ani. După cină,

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Lăsați robotul să scrie!

Prima dată când a auzit despre existența unui robot care scrie ficțiune, Pat T. Knight, autor de succes de romane polițiste, a râs. Cum ar putea vreodată o mașină, un program, ce mai, să conceapă o carte coerentă, inovatoare, care să își țină publicul în priză de la prima până la ultima pagină? – Adevărul e că multe dintre poveștile scrise de roboți au ca și coautori inventatorii lor, recunoscu Leyla, editoarea lui. Luau prânzul împreună, într-un pub din Shaftesbury Avenue aproape de sediul editurii Centauri. – Toate frazele care îți dădeau fiori s-au dovedit a fi inspirate de oameni,

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The Body Electric will be published in two formats in 2017

The Body Electric will be published in two formats in 2017

The Body Electric, the fantastical tale of Marcus who finds himself a guest in a mysterious house with many locked doors and a mischievous 9 year old matriarch, will be published in Romanian in the February issue of  Revista de Suspans. It will also be recorded for the audio journal, The Breakroom Stories later this year. The Body Electric is a story inspired by the works of Romanian writer Mircea Eliade. It was initially written as the final piece for a class entitled rather oxymoronically The Theory of Practice that I attended as part of my Master’s in Creative Writing at Brunel University

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The Beauty of Passing Things will be published by Adenium in April 2017

The Beauty of Passing Things will be published by Adenium in April 2017

My debut novel, Frumusețea lucrurilor trecătoare(The Beauty of Passing Things), about the life of foreign students in Kyoto, will be published by Adenium Publishing House this coming spring. I will post any additional information concerning the launch date and events as soon as it becomes available. The Beauty of Passing Things was my first serious return to writing in Romanian after seven years of predominantly writing in English. I wouldn’t have had the courage for it had it not been for the constant encouragements and corrections of Andrada Fiscutean and Anița Țicală, who were with me from the first to the last chapter and

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Let the Robot Write! won Second Prize at the National Short Story Contest Helion 2016

Let the Robot Write! won Second Prize at the National Short Story Contest Helion 2016

Lăsați robotul să scrie!(Let the robot write!), my story about the problems a popular thriller writer in the UK faces when his publisher decides to buy a robot that writes won 2nd prize in the National Short Story Contest Helion 2016. The winning works will be published both in the Helion printed magazine and its online version. Prizes will be handed out during the Helion Session (6-7 May 2017). This story was the first of its kind that I wrote in Romanian and being rather more speculative in nature than scientific, I wasn’t sure how it would be received by the

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Welcome to my website!

Welcome to my website!

With the launch of my debut novel fast approaching, I felt like it was about time I built myself a website to present my work to the Romanian public and gather all my writing in one place. And while I was at it, I thought I might as well kill two birds with one stone and make it bilingual, in hopes it might also serve as a gateway for international fans. Building the website was a steep learning curve not without its (mostly technical) difficulties, but I feel like I have gained a tremendous amount of insight in such a

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Mr Tanaka Says Goodbye

Mr Tanaka Says Goodbye

The day Mr Tanaka decided to say goodbye to the world it was a crisp spring morning and the cherry trees lining the Kamo River had yet to bloom. The buds, still wary of the last chilly breaths of winter, lay huddled on the barren branches, waiting. Mr Tanaka was sitting on a bench watching the still-dozing nature and it occurred to him he did not wish to see the cherry blossoms that year. He, who was considered an avid lover of passing beauty. He, who had just the previous fall bought a special lens advertised as ideal for photographing

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The Sense of An Ending

The Sense of An Ending

To me, both as a writer and a reader, endings have always been about harmony and an unnameable feeling of elation, as if you’ve been holding your breath the entire time and a great sigh, shuddering with the pent-up emotions of a literary journey escapes you when you reach that final phrase. The end. Many books have endings that function as epilogues rather than the ultimate climax, but I always found works that finish on the greatest reader engagement to be the most memorable. At the same time a bad ending can ruin a story especially when it seems to

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