Mircea Nedelciu


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Mircea Nedelciu: A Bio-bibliography


Mircea Nedelciu, novelist, essayist, journalist

b. 12 November, 1950, Fundulea, Ilfov, Romania.  d. 12 July, 1999, Bucharest, Romania


1973- After graduating in Philology (with specialties in English and French from the University of Bucharest), he worked at various jobs before finding employment at Cartea Românească in 1977



He contributed short stories, selections from novels, theoretical texts, literary criticism and opinion pieces to the majority of literary and cultural reviews in the country while he contributed to periodicals in France, Hungary, Poland and Germany as well.


His fiction includes:

·         Aventuri într-o curte interioară. Bucharest: Cartea Românească, 1979. Suggested English Title:  Adventures in an Interior Courtyard


·         Efectul de ecou controlat. Bucharest: Cartea Românească, 1981. Suggested English Title:  The Controlled Echo Effect.


·         Amendament la instinctul proprietăţii. (proză scurtă)  Bucharest: Editura Eminescu, 1983. Suggested English Title: Amendment to the Proprietary Instinct (short stories).


·         Zmeura de câmpie (roman împotriva memoriei). Bucharest: Editura Militară,  1984. Suggested English Title: Raspberry of the Field (a novel against memory).


·         Tratament Fabulatoriu. Bucharest: Cartea Românească, 1986. Suggested English Title:  The Confambulatory Treatment.


·         Şi ieri va fi o zi. Bucharest: Cartea Românească, 1989. Suggested English Title: And Yesterday Will Be Another Day.


·         (With Mircea Nedelciu, Adriana Babeţi, Mircea Mihăieş) Femeia în roşu (retro roman). Bucharest: Cartea Românească, 1990. Suggested English Title: The Woman in Red.


·         Tratament Fabulatoriu. Ediţia a II-a / second edition. Bucharest: ALL, 1996. Suggested English Title:  Confambulatory Treatment.


·         Aventuri într-o curte interioară. (integrala prozei scurte). Piteşti: Paralela 45, 1999.  Suggested English Title:  Adventures in an Interior Courtyard: The Collected Short Fiction of Mircea Nedelciu.


·         Zodia Scafandrului.  Bucharest: Compania, 2000. Suggested English title: Sign of the Deep-sea Diver.





His work appears in the following anthologies and collective works:

·         Mircea  Iorgulescu, ed. Arhipelago—proză scurtă contemporană (1970-1980) / Archipelago: Contemporary Short Fiction (1970-1980). Bucharest: Eminescu, 1981.

·         Nuvela şi povestirea românească în deceniul opt / The Romanian Novella and Short Story of the Eighties, Cornel Regman, ed. Bucharest: Eminescu, 1983

·         Ovidiu S. Crohmălniceanu, ed. Desant’ 83 /Paratroops ‘83. Bucharest: Cartea Românească, 1983.

·         Experimentul literar românesc postbelic / The Romanian Post-War Literary Experiment. Piteşti: Paralela 45, 1998.

·         Povestea poveştilor generaţiei  ‘80 / The Tale of the Tales of the  ’80’s Generation.   Bucharest: Nemira, 1998.

·         Gheorghe Crăciun. Doi într-o carte (făra a-l mai scocoti pe autorul ei). Fragmente cu Radu Petrescu si Mircea Nedleciu./ Two in a Book, to Say Nothing of the Author.  Cluj: Grinta, 2003.


His theoretical writing appears in:

·         Competiţia Continuă. Generaţia ’80 în texte teoretice. / The Race Goes On: the Eighties Generation in Theoretical Texts. Piteşti: Editura Vlasie, 1994.

·         Competiţia Continuă. Generaţia ’80 în texte teoretice. Ediţia a II-a. The Race Goes On: the Eighties Generation in Theoretical Texts. Second ediion. Piteşti: Paralela 45, 1999.



The Back Cover

An extraordinary variety of narrative forms






Aventuri într-o curte interioară

Bucharest: Cartea Româneasca, 1979

Aventuri într-o curte interioară

Sugested English Title: Adventures in an Interior Courtyard
Zodia Scafandrului

Bucharest: Compania, 2000

Zodia Scafandrului

Sugested English Title: Sign of the Deep-sea Diver
Proză  scurtă

Bucharest: Compania, 2003

Proză scurtă

Sugested English Title: The Mircea Nedelciu Reader. (The volume includes: Adventures in an Interior Courtyard, The Controlled Echo Effect, Amendment to the Proprietary Instinct, and Tomorrow Will Be Another Day.)

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