We all want to lay in bed with a good book. And since school is starting, I am here to give you a short list of Romanian authors you need to check out as soon as possible.
Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912)
Best known for his career as a playwright, I.L Caragiale left us an important cultural legacy. He is one of the most influential Romanian authors to ever exist. Alongside the famous poet Mihai Eminescu and the writer Ioan Slavici, Caragiale was one of the main representatives of Junimea. Junimea was an influential literary society. Nonetheless, he parted with it during the second half of his life.
His work, containing lots of short stories, poems, and plays, covered the ground between Neoclassicism, Realism, and Naturalism. The most known and studied works of Caragiale are the two comedies “O noapte furtunoasă” and “O scrisoare pierdută” and a tragedy called “Năpasta”.
Emil Cioran (1911-1995)
Emil Cioran was a Romanian-French philosopher and essayist. He is famous for his philosophical works in which he reveals his pessimism and nihilism. Cioran was influenced by Frederich Nietzche, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He developed a severe form of skepticism regarding human existence: “I invented nothing. I’ve been the one and only secretary of my own sensations.”
He was also attracted to the idea of suicide. As a result, he used it as the main topic in “On the heights of Dispair.” Cioran used many other themes in his works. For instance, he used the idea of the original sin, the tragic sense of history, the end of civilization, the obsession with the absolute, and so on.
His attraction to the music composed by Sebastian Bach also influenced his work and confession. He later declared “without Bach, God would be a complete second rate figure.”