It was being considered in Sub Arini Park for a mole to come to light. I was crossing the Trinkbach, stepping carefully on a log, I stopped, I saw the grass moving on the bank. At first I thought it was a lizard. How delighted I was to realise that, in fact, there was a rat underneath! He kept banging his shoulder into the door of the earth, boo-boo here, boo-boo a little further away, up and up came the carpet of earth and grass, a breathtakingly beautiful little volcano.
I sit and sit by the window, my tie buds blooming, and I keep on pointing outwards, pushing at the air with my eyes, pushing at the afternoons with my shoulders, my forehead and my whole earthy body, and I know that, if suddenly the slit of light cracked in front of my eyes, I would pull it back as far as my heels would take me and, blundering, with my palms pressed down like lead eyelids, I would slice myself back into my clay armchair. Because I have exactly what I’ve been looking for and I’m even more afraid of the sun outside than before. Any exit from loneliness seems to me an effort, a chore, any spoken word sounds, in the end, like a failure.
The rats still seem to know how to swim, and they still seem to clutch at juicy oars with lust – there are plenty of delights beyond the green shore too, it’s enough just to know that the exit (if you can call it that) is there, and that it makes sense to opine and struggle from beyond it just to have somewhere to return to.
Maybe that’s what the Animal Symphony is about, a micromanage with a hedgehog, a harrier and a rat. – Veronica D. Niculescu, A Kind of Argument.
Veronica D. Niculescu (b. 4 May 1968, Pitesti) made her debut in 2004 with the short prose book Adeb, Limes Publishing House (USR Sibiu Debut Award; 2nd edition, 2005, LiterNet Publishing House). In 2008 she published the prose volume Orchestra portocalie, Cartea Romaneasca Publishing House, and in 2009, Basmul Printesei Repede-Repede, Polirom Publishing House (in collaboration with the poet Emil Brumaru). The volume of short stories Rosu, rosu, catifea was published in 2012 by Casa de Pariuri Literare (nominated for the Radio Romania Cultural Awards; nominated for the National Prize for Prose Ziarul de Iasi; Tiuk! magazine prize for short prose – ScurTiuk; dramatization at the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, 2013). Author anthology: Floribunda, povestiri, TipoMoldova Publishing House, 2012. He won the HBO National Screenwriting Competition, at TIFF 2010, with the short film script Curierul.
From Samuel Beckett’s work he has translated, for the first time in Romanian, all the prose written in English, namely: short prose included in the volume Opere I – Integrala prozei brevi (Nominated for Best Translation at the Gala Bun de Tipar 2012); the novels Murphy, Watt and Vis cu femei frumoase si nu prea, making up the volume Opere II (USR Sibiu Prize for translations from Samuel Beckett’s work, 2012). From Vla-dimir Nabokov translated the novels The Eye, Despair, King, Lady, Jack, The Original Lau-rei, The Gift, Pale Fire and part of the Stories. He has also translated novels by Don De-Lillo, Siri Hustvedt and Eowyn Ivey. All the translations, in their Romanian premieres, were published by Polirom.
Presented in anthologies: Proza.ro, Paralela 45 Publishing House, 2006; Sibiu/Hermannstadt in sentimental letters, Imago Publishing House, 2007; The 4 dimensions of Romanian femininity, Neverland Publishing House, 2010; Eternitati de o clipa. Siberian prose writers, InfoArt Media Publishing House, 2010; Kikinda Short 06, international anthology of short prose, Serbia, 2012; Anthology of the plays presented in the section Performances-reading – Sibiu International Theatre Festival, 2013; Scräpliv, anthology of Romanian short stories, 2244/Bonnier Publishing House, Sweden, 2013; 10+, Anthology of prose Tiuk!, Tracus Arte Publishing House, 2013; Best of – short prose of the 2000s, Polirom Publishing House, 2013.
In September 2012, she benefited from the Writers in Residence program, being hosted at the House of Colovic, in Mala Vrbica, Kragujevac, at the invitation of the Serbian Ministry of Culture and the Vuk Karadzic Library in Kragujevac. The volume Animal Symphony was completed during this residency.
Autor: Veronica D. Niculescu
Colectie: Fiction LTD
Anul aparitiei: 2.021
Luna aparitiei: 4
Tip coperta: Brosata
Numar de pagini: 160
Format: 130 x 200
Cod de bare: 9789734684359