Daniel Vighi - prose writer. Also essayist and literary historian. Born on October 9th 1956 in Lipova (Arad), he is the son of Gheorghe Vighi, a sailor, and of Zena Vighi, a clerk. He graduated from the Faculty of Letters at the University of Timisoara in 1980. During his student years he was a member of “Pavel Dan” literary circle at the Students’ House of Culture in Timisoara.
He made his debut in print in “Forum studentesc” literary review with criticism (1977). His first book was the volume of short pieces Stories with Warehouse Street / Povestiri cu strada Depozitului (Cartea Romaneasca, 1985). He contributed short prose and articles to the following literary reviews, among others: “Orizont”, “Vatra”, “Romania literara”, “Familia”, “Secolul 20”, “Interval”, “22”, “Dilema”, “Caiete
critice”, “Viata Romaneasca”, and “Neue Literatur”. After his first book, he published: Notes on the Last Years / Insemnari despre anii din urma (novel, Cartea Romaneasca, 1989); Withsuntide ‘51. Fragments of the Deportation to Baragan I Rusalii ‘51. Fragmente din deportarea in Baragan (monograph of contemporary history, together with Viorel Marineasa, Marineasa, 1994); Vallachia of Raw Cardboard / Valahia de mucava (essay, Amarcord. 1996): The Deportation to Baragan. Destinies, Documents, Reports I Deportarea in Baragan. Destine, documente, reportaje (Mirton, 1996, together with Viorel Marineasa and Valentin Samanta); December, 10 O’Clock / Decembrie, ora 10 (novei. Albatros, 1997); Between Scimitar and Sofa/ intre hanger si sofa (literary history, Marineasa. 1998): Temptation of the East / Tentatia Orientului (essays, Paralela 45, 1998); Summer Island / Insula de vara (novel, Polirom, 1999).
His writings were included in the following anthologies: The Competition Continues. The ‘80s Generation in Literary Criticism / Competitia continua. Generatia ‘80 in texte teoretice edited by Gheorghe Craciun (Vlasie, 1994); Short Fiction of the ‘80s Generation/ Generatia ‘80 in proza scurta edited by Viorel Marineasa and Gheorghe Craciun (Paralela 45, 1998); and in the anthology section of Experiment in Post-War Romanian Literature / Experimentul literar romanesc postbelic (Paralela 45, 1998). He received the following awards: the award for a first publication by the Writers’ Union in Romania (1985); two prizes awarded by the Writers’ Association of Timisoara (1994, 1997); the awards for essay (1996) and for novel (1997) of the Association of Professional Writers in Romania - ASPRO.
He was granted scholarships at the University of Heidelberg. Germany (1990) and at Schumann University in Strasbourg, France (1993). In 1998 he was invited for public readings to Berlin. Germany by the Foundation “Literaturwerkstadt” Berlin. At present, the author is a lecturer at the Department of Romanian and Comparative Literature of the Faculty of Letters at the University of Timisoara. He is a member of the Writers’ Union in Romania and a founding member of the Association of Professional Writers in Romania - ASPRO.
Several critics have commented on the author’s prose, such as: Eugen Simion - The Chronicle of a Street / Cronica unei strazi (“Romania literara”, no. 45/1985); Cornel Ungureanu - A Confirmation - Daniel Vighi / O confirmare - Daniel Vighi (“Orizont”, no. 46/1985); loan Grosan - Prose / Proza (“Amfiteatru”, no. 12/1985); Radu Calin Cristea - The Equation of Second Degree / Ecuatia de gradul doi (“Familia”, no. 12, 1985); Dan Culcer - Changes in Short Prose / Modificari in proza scurta (“Vatra”, no. 1/1986); Nicolae Manolescu - Objects and Reveries / Obiecte si reverii (“Romania literara”, no. 49/1989); Mircea Mihaies - Bookish Reveries / Reverii livresti (“Orizont”, no. 13/1989); Vasile Popovici - A Note on the Last Years / insemnare despre anii din urma (“Familia”, no. 5/1989); Monica Lovinescu (in Short Waves, V / Unde scurte, V, Humanitas, 1995); Gheorghe Perian (in Postmodern Romanian Writers / Scriitori romani postmoderni, EDP, 1996), and others.