Norman Manea about my first novel, ”Esto’s Lover”


I had the privilege that probably the most famous Romanian writer and candidate for the Nobel award, Norman Manea,

read my first novel, ”Esto’s Lover”, published by Curtea Veche publishing house, Bucharest, in 2010, and wrote a blurb on it for a possible Spanish or English edition:

”I’m pleased to know that a message of love and admiration to the great Ernesto Sabato is coming now from my native Bukovina and from a new generation of Romanian writers.

The author has imagined a love story in which the woman-lover of Sabato, herself a Romanian, is telling their amorous adventure, with all the pathos, lyricism and tension of a non-professional writer, a subtle kind of scenario that keeps a touch of the burlesque, of nostalgia and play in the novel of Constantin Severin.

Argentina and Romania meet in a inter-textual fiction beyond borders and history”.

”Estoy encantado de saber que un mensaje de amor y admiración a el gran Ernesto Sabato, llega ahora de mi nativa Bukovina y desde una nueva generación de escritores Rumanos.

El autor ha imaginado una historia de amor, en la que la mujer-amante de Sabato, siendo ella Rumana, relata su aventura amorosa, con todo el patetismo, lirismo y tensión de un escritora no profesional, un tipo de escenario sutil que mantiene un toque de lo burlesco, de nostalgia y juego en la novela de Constatin Severin.

Argentina y Romanía se encuentran en una
ficción inter-textual mas allá de fronteras e historia”.

Norman MANEA

Norman Manea

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin ( is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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