Francis Flournoy Professor in European Studies and Culture; Writer in Residence
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Jewish Studies, Literature
M.S., Institute of Construction, Bucharest, Romania. Author of novels, volumes of short fiction, and essays. Available in English: The Hooligan’s Return
(memoir, 2004); The Black Envelope
(novel, 1995); Compulsory Happiness
(novellas, 1993); October Eight o’Clock
(short fiction, 1992); On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist
(essays, 1992). Awards and honors: DAAD Berliner Kunstler Programm (1987), Fulbright Fellowship (1989), MacArthur Fellowship (1992), Guggenheim Fellowship (1992), National Jewish Book Award (1993), The New York Public Library Literary Lion Medal (1993), Nonino International Prize (2001), Napoli Prize for Fiction (2004), Prix Médicis Étranger (2006), Nelly Sachs Prize (2011). Member, Berlin Academy of Art (2006), Legion d’Honneur (2009), Royal Society of Literature (2011). At Bard since 1989.