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INTERVIEW: Horia Marchean – the poet of Romanian cyberpunk – Mures News, Targu Mures News

Horia Marchean is one of the most industrious young writers settled in Târgu-Mureș. He moved from Brașov in 2018, after graduating from the Faculty of Medicine, from the “Transylvania” University, and is currently a resident doctor at the II Psychiatry Clinic, preparing for his specialization exam.

In addition to the desire to help people, he also has a passion for writing and sharing his experiences with them. He has currently published three volumes of poems entitled “Altera Pars. A Cosmic Brawl on Revolution Street,” the cyberpunk-inspired “Kitab al-Azif” and “Parte Nostra.”

He also wrote a specialist article which is called “Gilles de Rais and Antisocial Personality Disorder as a Pathology of Power. Case Study”.

These days I had the opportunity to interview him and get to know him better:

When did you discover your passion for writing and how did it evolve?

At 14 to impress a girl. The girl didn’t stay, but the writing did.

Were you “pushed from behind” to publish these volumes of poetry, or was it a desire of your own?”

I wanted to take them out because when you start writing you have the impression that: I’m going to write this book and it’s going to revolutionize the world; sure, that doesn’t happen.” At first it was that, and then I realized what’s really important: the fact that I had this experience and others would like to see it too.

What inspired you?

It all starts with how you feel. There are things that you have “In the back of your head” and they come out. For example, lyrics from music, a bunch of mythological and religious stuff, and computer games. I just take ideas from one side and resize them.

What attracted you to cyperpunk literature?

I’ve loved this type of sci-fi since I was in high school, reading William Gipson. If more people read cyperpunk literature, maybe we won’t get there.

Why did you choose the titles of the volumes to be in Latin?

An aesthetic decision to address a bit of what that first book discusses, that distance from home and some alienation, but that was somehow familiar. It’s the same with Latin: it sounds familiar, being the ancestor of the Romanian language, but at the same time it’s foreign enough that you don’t fully understand it. Plus there are many thematic references.

Is there a common point between the two passions: medicine and poetry?

The common point is that both as a psychiatrist and as a poet I am like a kind of pop. I just have some stories, in both you have to like to talk and tell stories with people. I have a story and I start writing. For example, the book “A Cosmic Quarrel on Revolution Street” is called that because I was writing poems while returning home from the center and crossing Revolution Street.

What are your future goals, will you continue to write or will you limit yourself to practicing medicine?

As for writing, I write anyway, it’s one of the things I can’t stop. I have a volume of poems that I will most likely release in the fall. After that I would also like to write prose.

Although the contemporary era is one of technology, and the ways of expressing feelings and thoughts have diversified, literature remains the most profound and simple way to connect people with the same principles.

By Andreea Barath



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