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Dreaming of achieving artistic freedom in Paris, Carmen-Francesca Banciu recounts her linguistic, geographic, and psychic migration from stifling Romania to post-1989 Berlin. Surprising even herself, she finds home and the fantastic in this incomplete Berlin, a city of change and aspiration: a mirror of her own development in a new world.
Carmen-Francesca Banciu was born in Lipova, Romania and studied Byzantine art and foreign trade in Bucharest. As a result of being awarded the International Short Story Award of the City of Arnsberg for the story "Das strahlende Ghetto" (“The Radiant Ghetto,” 1985), she was banned from publishing her work in Romania. In 1991 she accepted an invitation extended by the DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Residence program and came to Germany. Writer-in-Residence at Rutgers University from 2004-2005 and University of Bath in 2009, Banciu currently lives in Berlin and works as a freelance author and co-editor/deputy director of the transnational, interdisciplinary and multilingual e-magazine Levure Littéraire. Since moving to Berlin, Banciu has written almost exclusively in the German language, and her work has been translated into numerous languages. She is the author of Berlin is my Paris: Stories from the Captial (2016), Mother’s Day: Song of a Sad Mother (2015), Fenster in Flammen (2015), Ein Land voller Helden (2000), and Vaterflucht (1998), among others.
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