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Popular and distinguished literary voice in Romania; an academic, publisher, editor, translator, historical novelist and children’s author.  Championed by Istros Books, Ioana is well known in English for her warmth, humour, lyricism and intriguing narratives. Born in Brașov (a city she often writes about), she studied literature at the University of Bucharest, where she is today Professor and teacher of modern literature. She has also translated from French and German: Rainer Maria Rilke, Milan Kundera, Saint-Exupéry and Asterix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, amongst others.

FEATURED BOOK: Jonah and his Daughter. Tr. Alistair Ian Blyth, Istros Books, 2024. Drawing on the Biblical story of Jonah, this is novel about fathers and clever daughters, about love and our desire to find purpose in life.

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