Collection ID: LMC 2628
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Collection context


Manea, Norman.
The Manea mss., 1980-2014, consists of the papers of acclaimed Romanian author Norman Manea, 1936- .
24 Boxes
Materials are in English , Romanian , and German . A few materials are also in French and Italian .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Manea mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

Norman Manea is a Romanian-American writer and public intellectual living in New York City. Born July 19, 1936 in the Bukovina province of Romania, he was deported as a child by the Romanian fascist government allied with Nazi Germany to a concentration camp in Transnistria. He returned to Romania a Holocaust survivor together with the survived members of his family. From his debut in 1966 until 1986 when he left Romania he published 10 volumes. After 1986, in the United States, he continued to write in Romanian and his works were translated into 30 languages and earned several prizes. His writing includes novels, essays and short prose and discuss individual destiny in extreme situations, such as the Holocaust, communist dictatorships, and exile. Since 1989 he has been a Professor of European Studies and Culture and Writer in Residence at Bard College, NY. IN 2017 he retired from teaching and became Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. Manea was awarded, among others, the Guggenheim Fellowship (1992), the MacArthur Fellowship (1993), the New York Public Library "Literary Lion Medal" (1993), the National Jewish Book Award (1993), the Nonino International Prize for "Opera Omnia" (2002), Prix Medicis Etranger (2006), Comandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2010), Nelly Sachs Prize (2011), Fellow of Royal Society of Literature (2011), the National Prize for Literature (Romanian Writers Union, 2012), the Star of Romania in the rank of Grand Officer (2012), and the FIL Guadalajara Great Literary Prize for Literature in Romance Languages (2016). He is a member of the Akademy der Kunste Berlin and is considered one of the most important East European writers.

Scope and Content:

The collection is comprised mainly of drafts and translations of Manea's literary works. Also included are correspondence, transcripts of interviews, diaries, and audio-visual materials.

Acquisition information:
Acquired: 2005-2015
Physical location:
ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility)



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[Item], Manea mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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