Doina Ruști

Lizoanca at the age of eleven (Lizoanca la 11 ani)

Lizoanca at the age of eleven (Lizoanca la 11 ani) - Doina Ruști
Antolog Publishing, Skopje, 2015 (Macedonian)
Lizoanca at the age of eleven (Lizoanca la 11 ani) - Doina Ruști
Orpheusz Publishing, Budapesta, 2015 (Hungarian)
Lizoanca at the age of eleven (Lizoanca la 11 ani) - Doina Ruști
Traspiés Publishing, Granada, 2014 (Spanish)
Lizoanca at the age of eleven (Lizoanca la 11 ani) - Doina Ruști
Horlemann Publishing, Berlin, 2013 (German)
Lizoanca at the age of eleven (Lizoanca la 11 ani) - Doina Ruști
Rediviva Publishing, Milano, 2013 (Italian)
Lizoanca at the age of eleven (Lizoanca la 11 ani) - Doina Ruști
Trei Publishing, Bucharest, 2009 (Romanian)
Lizoanca at the age of eleven (Lizoanca la 11 ani) - Doina Ruști
Polirom Publishing, 2017 (Romanian)

Lizoanca is a groundbreaking book written in a style refined and nuanced.

Lizoanca deals with a time span of four decades where in a small community all sorts of compromises occur, eventually leading up to disasters, and gaining their momentum as a little girl is accused of infesting the whole village with syphilis, eventually succeeding in coping with the atrocities the grown ups had been cooking up for her. I started off from a real case, which at that time enjoyed a wide media coverage, but I did not use the real facts; I fictionalized the story. What makes the core of the novel - and I believe that was precisely why the Romanian Academy awarded the novel – is the fact that people forgot their traditions, forgot the significance of a Christian monogram and that’s where everything starts from. I’m speaking about a monogram discovered by Vasile Parvan and dated 230 AD: “Sic tibi terra levis” (May the earth rest lightly on you). The real topic of the novel is the fact that people forgot their traditions.

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Doina Ruști: Lizoanca, Horlemann Verlag, Berlin, 2013