An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence

Dana Grigorcea

Translated by Alta L. Price



5 x 8 inches, 228pp. April 2019

ISBN : 9780857426512

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Victoria has just recently moved from Zurich back to her hometown of Bucharest where she works at a bank. The bank is robbed, she's put on leave, and in processing the trauma she strolls around town. Each street triggers sudden visions as memories from her childhood under the Ceausescu regime begin to mix with the radically changed city and the strange world in which she now finds herself. As the walls of reality begin to crumble, Victoria and her former self cross paths with the bank robber and a rich cast of characters, weaving a vivid portrait of Romania and one woman’s self-discovery.


In her stunning second novel, Swiss-Romanian writer Dana Grigorcea paints a series of extraordinarily colourful pictures. With humour and wit, she describes a world full of myriad surprises where new and old cultures weave together—a world bursting with character and spirit.

Dana Grigorcea was born in 1979 in Bucharest. After studying in Belgium, Germany and Austria, she moved to Switzerland. Her essays have appeared in newspapers across Europe and her novels have been translated into several languages. Her 2011 debut novel, Baba Rada, won the Swiss Literary Pearl. She was awarded the 3sat Prize in Klagenfurt at the 2015 Ingeborg Bachmann Competition for An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence


Alta L. Price runs a publishing consultancy specialized in literature and non-fiction texts on art, architecture, design and culture. A recipient of the Gutekunst Prize, she translates from Italian and German into English, and is a founding member of Cedillla & Co.