Gabriel Szeitz

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Gabriel Szeitz writer biography (rolling)

Gabriel Szeitz started writing probably in the second grade, when he "corrected" a Pesian story he felt wasn't quite right. And it was demolished by the "critic" (schoolteacher) who pretended his story was not a "composition" but was a "copycat." That was the first lesson. Many other followed.

All the school's years he distinguished inegally as a literally talented kid.

The first big project started in 1988, with a novel ispired from sea adventures: Richard Henry Dana Jr., Robert Louis Stevenson and mostly Daniel Defoe. That first project started compulsively and had no plan. The final word was written in 1991. The definitive title was The Fifth Sail.

From 1990 to 1992 poetry came in his focus. He filled many pages but almost all remained drawer literature. Only a few were published in Contrapunct, the quotidian of Writer's Union in Romania.

In 1993 The Fifth Sail entered a literary contest organized by The Writer's Union and won the special mention of the jury. In the same year it was selected for publishing by Porto Franco Publishing House. The novel was never published because the publisher filled up for bancrupcy.

Since 1988 Gabriel starts a fruitful literary collaboration with fellow writer Adrian Avel that stretched until 1998. Together they have wtitten more titles, especially short stories, all rejected by different Magazines. One of the won a literary contest, the Henry Coanda prize at Horror category. The single novel they finished together entered the editing process at Nemira Publishing House but, following a squabble with the owner, the project was dropped.

In 1994 Gabriel obtains a scholarship at the Al. I. Cuza University, studying Latin and History. He joined Quasar Literary Workshop and he started a sustained literary activity as freelancer jurnalist, radio collaborator and aspiring author. Most of his creations were essays and short stories. A new novel was written in between: The 55th Squadron. During one of the national conventions organized by Quasar, Gabriel received the Vlad Franghiu prize for critics. The 55th Squadron was ill-fated: all the copies were lost, including the author's. Only two chapters were published in a school magazine. The war in the Workshop had grow heavier every day. There were now two fighting parties: Gabriel and the others. Whatever Gabriel reads is considered "too classic." When Gabriel played fool and read a short story, The Ice Cream Cone, written on the knees in a bus, without logic and a scrambled storyline, he is acclaimed. But this war had its good parts. To prove anybody wrong, two short stories are published in Anticipatia, the most famous Magazine of the genre, and he even got paid for them. Gabriel is now reprezentztive for the "new wave".

In 1998 Gabriel graduated and disappeared for two years. He lost contact with the literary world and with Adrian Avel as he taught history in a remote village, up in the mountains. The literary activity continued inegally, with more "downs" than "ups." It was no abandon: it was searching ways. He started more projects, all fallen into oblivion: religious themed essays, literary essays, critical essays, proze, autobiographic proze, fake-autobiographic prose, fake memories...

In 2000 Gabriel changed the workplace, taking the Latin teacher position at Emil Botta High School. He polished some other works, all of them condemned to remain untouched for more than a pair of eyes... In 2004 he popped up again with a prize, this time for critical essay, winning the category with an essay about Dune of Frank Herbert and another one about the structures in Serge Brussolo's proze.

For several years, Gabriel dove again into searching ways, writing and dropping projects as they came. He became a more patient and attentive reader.

In 2012, after more dozend of projects carried to the different stages, he finished a novel: Carol, he reopens an old project, provisorily called David, and made serious advance in another project, called Past East. Carol was his first full lenght novel to be published, by Blacklight Publishers, in electronic and paperback editions.