Books

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Books and publications in the United States of America:
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- INTERVIEWS & ENCOUNTERS , Nina Cassian and Carmen Firan
, Sheep Meadow Press, 2015
- WORDS & FLESH
, Selected works of prose (short stories and essays with a preface by Andrei Codrescu), Talisman Publishers, 2008
- BORN IN UTOPIA
, An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Romanian Poetry (edited with Paul Doru Mugur and Edward Foster), Talisman Publishers 2006 (Introduction by Andrei Codrescu)
- THE SECOND LIFE
, Novellas and short stories, Columbia University Press, 2005
- THE FARCE
, fiction, Spuyten Duyvil, 2002
- IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LIFE
, (with photographs by Virginia Joffe), Umbrage Editions, New York, 2002
- AFTERNOON WITH AN ANGEL
, in Pamphlet Series of Poetry New York, USA, 2000
- THE FIRST MOMENT AFTER DEATH
, in Writers Club Press, New York, 2000
- ACCOMPLISHED ERROR
, Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House, New York, 1999

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Books published in Romania:
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- VINO, DOAMNE, MAI APROAPE - cu ilustratii de Tia Peltz , Scrisul Romanesc, Romania, 2017
- ATINGEREA - Calatorii interioare si drumuri in afara, Scrisul Romanesc, Romania, 2016
- JUDECATA - Adrian Sangeorzan vs Carmen Firan, Scrisul Romanesc, Romania, 2015
- TIMP IN DOI, Scrisul Romanesc, Romania, 2015
- DIALOGUL VANTULUI CU MAREA - Nina Cassian in conversatie cu Carmen Firan, Editura Cartile Tango, Romania, 2014
- DREPTUL LA FERICIRE. NUVELE SI POVESTIRI, ePublishers, Romania, 2014
- DETECTORUL DE EMOTII SI ALTE POVESTIRI, Curtea Veche, Romania, 2011
- MIRACOLE MICI SI MIJLOCII, Curtea Veche, Romania, 2009
- PUTEREA CUVINTETLOR (THE POWER OF WORDS), Scrisul Romanesc Publishing House, Romania, 2007

Poetry:
- CUVINTE LOCUITE (INHABITED WORDS), poems, Scrisul Romanesc Publishing House, Orfeu series, with drawings by Sasha Meret, Romania, 2006
- CUCERIRI DISPERATE (DESPERATE CONQUESTS), bilingual edition Romanian - English, Translations by Julian Semilian, ICR Publishing House, Bucharest 2005
- VOCI PE MUCHIE DE CUTIT (VOICES ON A RAZOR’S EDGE), with Adrian Sangeorzan, Scrisul Romanesc, Romania, 2003
- VISE CLARE CU OAMENI (CLEAR DREAMS WITH PEOPLE) , AXA 2000 Publishing House, "La Steaua" Collection, Botosani, Romania, 2000
- CANDORI PEDEPSITE - PUNISHED CANDORS, bilingual edition Romanian - English, The Romanian Cultural Foundation Publishing House, Bucharest, Romania, 2000
- LOCURI DE TRAIT SINGUR (PLACES FOR LIVING LONELY), Cartea Romaneasca Publishing House, Romania, 1997
- NEGRU PUR (PURE BLACK), Albatros Publishing House, Romania, 1995
- TREPTE SUB MARE (STAIRCASE UNDER THE SEA), Cartea Romaneasca Publishing House, Romania, 1991
- IMBLINZITOR DE VIETI FURATE (TAMER OF STOLEN LIVES), Albatros Publishing House, Romania, l984
- PARADIS PENTRU ZIUA DE LUNI (PARADISE FOR MONDAY), Albatros Publishing House, Romania, 1983
- ILUZII PE CONT PROPRIU (ILLUSIONS ON MY OWN), Scrisul Romanesc Publishing House, Romania, 1981


Poetry for children:
- POTI SA FUGI IN PAPUCI DE TURTE DULCI (YOU MAY RUN IN YOUR GINGERBREAD SHOES), Macedonski Publishing House, Craiova, Romania, 1990
- VINO DOAMNE MAI APROAPE (COME CLOSER, MY LORD),Literatorul Publishing House, Craiova, Romania, 1990
- ALTE NOPTI, ACELEASI VISE (OTHER NIGHTS, SAME DREAMS), Ion Creanga Publishing House,Bucharest, Romania, 1989
- NOPTI SENINE PENTRU TINE (BLUE NIGHTS FOR YOU), Ion Creanga Publishing House, Bucharest, Romania, 1986


Prose:
- CALORIFERISTUL SI NEVASTA MAESTRULUI (THE BOILER MAN AND THE MASTER’S WIFE), novellas and short stories, Polirom Press, 2005
- FARSA (THE FARCE), novellas and short-stories, Univers Enciclopedic, 2002
- TOT MAI APROAPE (GETTING CLOSER), novel, Albatros Publishing House, Bucharest, Romania, 1991


Plays:
- LUMINA DIN POD (LIGHT IN THE ATTIC), 2002
- VIS IN ACVARIU (DREAMING INTO AN AQUARIUM), 1985
- VINATOARE IMAGINARA (IMAGINARY HUNTING), Romanian National Broadcasting Theater, 1983
- POLEN PE INSULA (POLLEN ON THE ISLAND), staged by the Craiova National Theater, 1982-1986


Screenplays:
- PROPRIETARII DE STELE (STARS’ OWNERS), Film Premiere Bucharest, September, 2000
- CAPCANA PENTRU ÎNGERI (TRAP FOR ANGELS)

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Reviews:
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“Carmen’s sybilline and hypocratic personae are evident in this book of “Flesh and Words,” as are her fabulous story-telling gifts. She is simultaneously the Chekhov of Queens and the Sorceress of the Carpathians.

Andrei Codrescu
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“In an outstanding,original way, this author knows how to endow ideas with concreteness and give an aura of imagination to realist observations.”

Nina Cassian

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“Carmen Firan is a crafter of wickedly satirical, sly, and subtle short fictions that continually surprise the delighted reader, while illuminating
some of life’s crazier and more poignant perspectives”

Isaiah Sheffer, Producer of Selected Shorts at Symphony Space on Broadway

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“Who is Carmen Firan? A voice broken by exile like glass shattered against a rock. But all these pretty shards, in the naked light, said something, too,
to this woman who can’t leave language alone; and patiently she gathered them, risking the cuts, to fashion a new, fractured voice for a New World.”

Bruce Benderson

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“Blending the subtlety of a poet, the passion of the novelist and the dramatic sense of the playwright, Carmen Firan’s beautiful and powerful writings, charged with gloom and passion, recreate her
struggles not only with life and love, with her history and ours, but with the beasts of language, whether invasive or voracious or fugitive.”

Harry Mathews
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"Carmen Firan’s subtle yet vividly intense writings of the artist’s inner life range from Bucharest and New York to invented submarine and subterranean landscapes of mind. Mixed in with her bitter memory of an oppressive totalitarian society is her sparkling ironic wit."

Isaiah Sheffer, Producer of Selected Shorts at Symphony Space on Broadway
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"She is an important literary figure, a strong, creative, poetical voice, filled with originality."

Andrei Serban, Director of numerous plays by Shakespeare, Cehov, Brecht at La MaMa Public Theater
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The First Moment After Death
"Carmen Firan surprises the world in flangrante and then allows both its embarrassment and its vulnerability into her poetry. Her writing of the New World is not overlain by her sophisticated writing of the Old-which she knows deeply and bitterly; it is an immersion that invites language to follow suit. And it certainly does. Carmen in New York, like Lorca in New York, is both tonic and necessary.
The First Moment After Death is an exciting view of life, love, and the meaning of existence, through the eyes of a renowned East European poet."

Andrei Codrescu
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"Carmen Firan is one of the finest poets, currently living and writing in New York City. Urban, sophisticated, intelligent, Firan's poetry figures to become prominently noticed on the American scene."

Leonard Schwartz, in "Transcendental Friend"
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"Her works frequently present a persona at a critical, ironic distance from their lyrical material and a voice both engaging emotionally and challenging."

Adam J. Sorkin, Translator and Editor
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