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Domnica Radulescu

Washington and Lee University, USA


I am an American writer of Romanian origin, living in the United States where I arrived in 1983 as a political refugee. I live, write, and function in the hyphenated spaces between cultures, languages and artistic universes I am the author of three critically acclaimed novels, Train to Trieste (Knopf 2008 &2009), Black Sea Twilight (Transworld 2011 & 2012) and Country of Red Azaleas (Hachette 2016) and of award winning plays, of which one, Exile Is My Home was produced off, off Broadway, at the Theater for the New City in New York, in 2016. My first novel Train to Trieste was translated into thirteen languages and received the Best Fiction Award from the Library of Virginia in 2009 in competition with best selling and Pulitzer prize winning authors. I am twice a Fulbright scholar and winner of the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State of Virginia.

The internationally bestselling award-winning author Sandra Cisneros said the following about my writing: “DomnicaRadulescu enriches American letters with her Romanian perspective. We are lucky to call her ours” (2008, endorsement for Train to Trieste). My second novel Black Sea Twilight was on the top 100 bestselling list in the UK in 2011. And The Associated Press stated about my recent novel Country of Red Azaleas that “Radulescu’s prose is fluid and languid even when she is describing the madness of war. Her pacing is perfect…,” while BookPage considered it "A tightly wrought, beautiful story of friendship...Radulescu creates images that lodge themselves firmly in your consciousness, giving you ideas to ponder long after you turn the final page. In the tradition of Elena Ferrante and Khaled Hosseini, COUNTRY OF RED AZALEAS prevails as a true testament to a bond that transcends the devastation of war

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