Mirela Roznoveanu is a native of Romania who immigrated to the United States. Her literary works in Romanian
include novels, critical essays (among them the vast Civilization of the Novel: A History of Fiction Writing from Ramayana
to Don Quixote), and poetry. She has published in English two books of poems, Born Again – in Exile, and Elegies from
New York City; a collection of novellas, The Life Manager and Other Stories; and literary criticism. Mirela Roznoveanu
has been always a writer pursuing her way to perfection and artistic development. These trends could be seen from
her earlier works, such as her manifesto of her Romanian debut volume in Romania, “Lecturi Moderne” (Modern
Readings, 1978). Mirela is among those writers and critics who have sought over recent years to turn the energy of
their native cultures into a complex work with signifi cant moral and aesthetic connotations.
Alexandra Conte is a musician, teacher and illustrator. She graduated the Academy of Music from Bucharest,
Romania, and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1976 being associated with Julliard School of
Music. She wrote several illustrated musical books for children. This book is a proof of the deep friendship and
cooperation between Mirela and Alexandra, which we hope will continue! Enjoy!