The release of the novel “Chiajna din Casa Muşatilinor” in several cities in the country. TIME SCHEDULE

Between January 29-31, 2024, Simona Antonescu will meet her readers from Sibiu, Cluj and Oradea, on the occasion of the release of the novel Chiajna din Casa Mușatinilor, recently published in the “Fiction Ltd” collection of the Polirom Publishing House. Below, the schedule of events.

Writer Simona Antonescu. PHOTO: personal archive

• SIBIU. Simona ANTONESCU in dialogue with Radu VANCU

Monday, January 29, 6 p.m., Humanitas Bookstore “Constantin Noica” Sibiu (Str. Nicolae Bălcescu 16)

• CLUJ. Simona ANTONESCU about Chiajna from Casa Mușatilinor

Tuesday, January 30, 6 p.m., Book Corner Librarium Cluj (Bulevardul Eroilor 15)

With the authors: Andrea HEDEȘ, Constantina BULEU, Victor CUBLEȘAN

• ORADEA CITY. Simona ANTONESCU in dialogue with Mircea PRICĂJAN

Wednesday, January 31, 6:00 p.m., Humanitas Bookstore Oradea (Caalea Republicii 11)


“Simone Antonescu's books refresh, through a modern writing, the bestseller with a historical theme. A tense epic, tasty period descriptions, characters with a mythological halo. This time, the author rehabilitates Mrs. Chiajna, the most important female personality of the Romanian Middle Ages. The author brings her historical character close to our understanding through a meticulous evocation of the mentalities of a time when the political struggle, meaning corruption and intrigue, ended with the extermination of the opponent. The reference to the Musatini family and to the grandfather Ștefan the Great explains the stormy temperament and dynastic pride of Chiajna, who, through diplomatic intelligence and bravery on the battlefield, keeps up with the competitors for the throne of Wallachia. A book full of charm, with merchant women peddling expensive goods and secret information, with wandering rulers when they manage to escape beheading or poison, with loves without a future, because marriages only serve alliances.” (Gabriela Adamesteanu)

Simona ANTONESCU was born in Galati in 1969 and grew up in the town of Șintea (Prahova county). After graduating from the “Constantin Dobrogeanu-Gherea” High School in Ploiești, he attended the Chemistry Faculty of the Bucharest Polytechnic Institute. He made his debut in 2015 with the novel Fotograful Curții Regale, winner of the Debut Contest of the Cartea Românească/Polirom Publishing House and of the USR Debut Award and finalist at the Festival du Premier Roman de Chambéry. He also published the novels Darul lui Serafim (2016), Innul lui Manuc (2017), a finalist at the Ziarul de Iași National Prose Award, Ultima cruciada (2019), awarded the 2019 Book of the Year Award by the Brașov Branch of USR, Maria Tănase. A fountain on a dry road (2019) and In her shadow (2021), novel finalist at the Ziarul de Iași National Prize for Prose. Starting from 2018, Nemi Publishing House publishes the book series History told to children.