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Lavinia Braniște was born in Brăila, Romania, in 1983. She studied Foreign Languages at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and has an MA in Literary Translation from the University of Bucharest. She published two books of short stories (Cinci minute pe zi – Five minutes a day, 2011 and Escapada – Escapade, 2014), two novels (Interior zero, 2016 and Sonia ridică mâna – Sonia is Raising the Hand, 2019) and several books for children. Some of her short stories were translated into English, French, Portuguese, Croatian and Bulgarian. Interior zero received „Nepotul lui Thoreau” („Thoreau’s Nephew”) prize for best Romanian novel of 2016.