“One of the greatest literary virtues is a diction in which the intention is not obvious, or explicit. In other words: the author manages to create a whole universe as naturally as he breathes. For me there is not doubt that that Mihai Mateiu’s collection, People, possesses this virtue. I simply believe every line he writes, I take his word. Sure, we both come from similar worlds, but it is not this circumstance that makes feel like he does, the weight as such of these stories, this being literature’s weight in gold.” (Attila Bartis)

“A collection of powerful portraits, illuminated largely by the aura of an attentively constructed isolation, a handful of people each facing a borderline experience, this is, briefly, the nucleus of Mihai Mateiu’s literary debut. A successful journalist realises his discontent towards his own life after an interview with an eccentric. A teenager learns to hunt, only to face a brutal surprise attack. A middle-aged man is inexplicably troubled by a visit to the Zoo. A young man talks about his inflexible routine, which has become the most important thing in his life. An elderly couple share a secret and spend their time watching a particular TV show. Beneath the apparent calm of Mihai Mateiu’s “people” lies the unsettling abyss of unuttered fears, torturing frustrations, untellable obsessions and desires. This is a courageous book, not only because it takes courage nowadays to make a slim volume of short fiction your debut, but especially because People brings forth a diction that is different from that of most fashionable young Romanian writers. Clarity, concision, precision, these are its main qualities. (Rareş Moldovan)


Read a few pages


People about people

Dan-Liviu Boeriu in Familia

Oana Purice in Cultura

Ștefan Manasia in Tribuna

Francis Baja in Tribuna

Carmen Eberhat on Carminix

Bogdan Munteanu on Hyperliteratura

Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu in Observator cultural

Alexandra Găujan on Bookblog

Vasile Rus on blog

Marius Chivu in Dilema Veche

Cătălina Miciu on Ginger Group


Where can I find people?

Cărtureşti bookshops: Arad, Braşov, Bucureşti (Verona, Quinet, MŢR, AFI Cotroceni), Cluj-Napoca, Constanţa, Iaşi (Iulius Mall, Palas), Suceava, Timişoara (Iulius Mall, Mercy).

Humanitas bookshops: Alba Iulia, Bucureşti, Cluj-Napoca, Galaţi, Iaşi, Oradea, Piatra-Neamţ, Ploieşti, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Sibiu, Timişoara.

The Librarium group outlets: Bucureşti, Cluj-Napoca, Timişoara, Iaşi

Eminescu bookshop in Bucharest

Şt.O. Iosif bookshop in Braşov

Order it online at:

elefant.ro (also in e-book format)