Acclaimed Romanian émigré writer Norman Manea is the Francis Flournoy Professor in European Studies and Culture and writer in residence at Bard College. He has been a member of the Bard faculty since 1989 and is the author of 22 volumes of fiction and essays.
Among numerous honors, he has received the United States MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, The National Jewish Book Award and the Literary Lion Medal by the State Library of New York, has been awarded Italy’s International Nonino Prize for Literature, and been elected a member of the Berlin Academy of Art. His memoir The Hooligan’s Return
received France’s Prix Médicis Étranger in 2006. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the President of Romania and in 2008 received honorary degrees in literature from the University of Bucharest and Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. In 2009, the French Ministry of Culture conferred the most prestigious title of Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
on him. His work has been translated into 20 languages. He lives with his wife in New York City. Photo by Don Hamerman