Alex Stefanescu



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About Alex Ștefănescu and his books

Born on November 6th. 1947, in Lugoj (a town in Transylvania where his parents, both coming from Northern Moldavia, were temporarily located)

Between 1954-1965 he attended primary school and high school in Suceava.

In 1970 he graduated from the Faculty of Romanian Language and Literature of the Bucharest University.

Between 1971-1989 he held different editorial positions for a series of publications: Tomis, SLAST(arts supplement of Youth Spark), România liberă, Magazin.

In 1990 he became editor for România literară. Since 1995 he has been editor-in-chief of this literary magazine

Since 1977, he has been a member of the Writers’ Union (he was  a member of The Writers' Union Board between 2001-2005).

At the end of 1994 he set up a private publishing house called The Typewriter, managed by his wife, Domnița Ștefănescu.

Between 1998-2002 he was a Member of the Romanian National Television Board


Books published:

Prelude, Cartea Românească Publishing House, 1977 (critical essays on literature)

A Critic’s Journal, Cartea Românească Publishing House, 1980

Tudor Arghezi viewed by..., Eminescu Publishing House, 1981 (antology)

Between Yes and No, Cartea Românească Publishing House, 1982 (critical essays on literature)

Dialogue in the Library, Eminescu Publishing House, 1984 (literary theory)

Introduction to the Works of Nichita Stănescu, Minerva Publishing House, 1986

Close Up (35 profiles of Romanian contemporary writers), Eminescu Publishing House 1987

Ice in the Heatpipes, Ice in the Whisky (political diary, 1990-1995), Institutul European Iași, 1996 (Writers’Union Prize)

Happenings, Institutul European Iași, 2000 (prose).

Something Looking Like Literature, Chișinău, Știința Publishing House, 2003 (critical essays on literature; Bucharest Writers’Association Prize).

Melania and the others, a romantic comedy in seven parts, București, Publicațiilor pentru străinătate Publishing House,  2004.

 Secret Diary, illustrated by Ion Barbu, București, Corint Publishing House, 2005.

The History of Romanian Contemporary Literature (1941-2000), graphic design by Mihaela Șchiopu, photos by Ion Cucu, București, Mașina de scris Publishing House, 2005. Special Prize of the Writers’ Union -  2005; Romanian Academy Prize..

Secret Diary. New confessions, illustrated by Florin Ștefănescu (Linu), București, Corint Publishing House, 2007.

How to fail as a writer. Several infallible methods and 250 bad books, București, Humanitas Publishing House, 2009.



Author a of over 5,000 articles of literary critical essays published in newspapers and magazines

Translator in Romanian of A. Frossard's God Exists, I Met Him, Universal Dalsi Publishing House, 1993.

Author of the play Melania and the others, staged at „Fantasio”  Theatre in Constanța în 1992 (under the title Love Story in the Elevator) directed by Constantin Dinischiotu, as well as at the State Theatre in Arad în 1994, directed by Sabin Popescu.

Author of the script for the TV series in 12 episodes Impossible Marriage (directed by Silviu Jicman, broadcast in 2000).  

He hosted for 2 consecutive years (2004-2005) the weekly TV talk-show A cube metre of culture, for Realitatea TV (Prize for talk-shows of the TV Professionals’ Association in 2004).

Between 2007-2009, he hosted for TVR Cultural the weekly program called The History of the Romanian Contemporary Literature told by Alex. Ștefănescu (Prize for cultural shows awarded by the TV Professionals’Association in 2008).







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