AURA CHRISTI

AURA CHRISTI

Aura Christi is a Romanian poet, novelist, essayist, publicist and translator. She was born in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), on January 12, 1967 to Semion Potlog, an officer in the elite aviation troops, born on November 14, 1933 in the village of Zgărdești (Telenești). Her father descends from a family of teachers and professionals, whose roots lie on the territories belonging under the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. He was a graduate of the Higher Military Aviation School in the city of Dvinsk. Physically disabled in a dramatic accident, he was forced to give up on his military career prematurely, retiring at the age of 28. The writer’s mother, Liuba Potlog, born Karaman (May 24, 1945), comes from a well-off family in the North of Moldova. After the establishment of communist power, the families of both parents were expropriated by the authorities of the communist state. Aura Christi graduated from the „Gh. Asachi” Romanian-French Theoretical High School in Chisinau (1984) and from the Faculty of Journalism of the State University (1990). She made her debut in Tinerimea Moldovei newspaper on October 23, 1983, where she had already been appointed editor as a student, and where she was now promoted Senior Editor of the culture department. Between 1991-1992 she worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Galaxia Gutenberg journal. In 1993 she regained Romanian citizenship and settled in Bucharest. Aura Christi has published over 60 books (poetry, verse novels, essays, fiction and journalism) in prestigious publishing houses in the country and abroad. Her poems have been translated and published in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Israel, the Russian Federation, the USA, Bulgaria, Turkey, the People’s Republic of China, England, etc. In her novels and essays, she traces the trajectories of a number of human destinies caught in the grip of foreign occupation, an incremental motif being what the author calls the paradoxical condition of being home – in exile. The recurrent theme of her books is geographical exile which engenders the desire to find a homeland in poetry, „signed with… an alien name. Nevertheless, whereas the former is irreparable trauma, the latter, poetry, even written under a pen name, offers her a homeland”. (Maria-Ana Tupan) She is Editor-in-Chief of the The Contemporary. The European Idea Journal/ revista Contemporanul. Ideea Europeană, published under the auspices of the Romanian Academy. Member of the Romanian Writers’ Union. Member of the Union of Writers in Moldova. She received over 20 awards and distinctions in Romania and abroad. More information at: www.aurachristi.ro

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