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Alta Ifland

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Eastern European folktales, Kafka, Calvino

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Born in Transylvania, Romania; grew up under communism; emigrated to the United States in 1991. Studied French literature and philosophy in France. Writes (and translates) in French (second language) and English (third language).


Voix de Glace/Voice of Ice (prose poems; French/English; Les Figues Press, 2007). 2008 Louis Guillaume Prize.

Elegy for a Fabulous World (short stories; Ninebark Press, 2009). Nominated for the 2010 Northern California Book Award in Fiction.

Death-in-a-Box (short stories; Subito Press, 2011). 2010 Subito Press Fiction Prize.

The Snail's Song (prose poems; Spuyten Duyvil, 2011)

Average rating: 4.25 · 64 ratings · 23 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
Voice of Ice - Voix de Glace
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2007
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Elegy for a Fabulous World
4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2009
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2011
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2011
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Andrew Schirmer Thanks for the request! I admire your restraint in refusing to adhere to the asinine star-system of rating books. Looking forward to exchanges with you.

Stephen P Great taste in books. Good to be friends Alta.

s.penkevich Thank you so very much for the friend request. You have quite the impressive taste in literature, looking forward to discussing some books soon. Also, impressive collections of poetry!

Christine Hatfield good afternoon

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Lisa See Happy to be a friend. What an interesting bio you have!

Nathan Hirstein Martin Dressler The Tale of an American Dreamer may have been the first book I read as a real adult, but I never stopped reading, so I think that it may have been the book that made me an adult, or at least ushered me towards adulthood. It's taken me seven or eight years to be able to even describe my feelings for it with any kind of accuracy, so I'm glad they resonated with you.

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