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Romanian thriller from Profusion Books spotted in Waterstone’s Gower St Bloomsbury London - treat yourself on Bookshop Day! 'Kill the General' by Bogdan Hrib - 09 October 2016

'Kill the General' by Bogdan Hrib in Waterstone

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Our list of books and authors is therefore a factor in increasing knowledge throughout Europe about the life and prospects of ordinary men and women in the region. - 12 February 2015

Dear Friends,

We’re writing to inform you about our growing list of English translations at Profusion publishing house.

When we started publishing under the name Profusion, in 2011, our aim was to bring aspects of East European literary culture, hitherto unknown in Britain, to the attention of the reading public. This was because most publications from the region were, more or less, “highbrow”, while popular stories and genres such as crime fiction tended to go unnoticed. Our list of books and authors is therefore a factor in increasing knowledge throughout Europe about the life and prospects of ordinary men and women in the region.

The founders and directors of Profusion areMike Phillips and Ramona Mitrica. Ramona is a former Romanian diplomat, now a British citizen and based in London. Mike is an English novelist and screenwriter, whose publications include “Windrush: the irresistible rise of multi-racial Britain”(HarperCollins), the BBC TV series “Blood Rights”, adapted from his novel of the same name, and, more recently, the true crime story, “Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest”.

If interested, please find the Profusion list below. You can order our books through Amazon, Gardners, Bertrams, or through the Profusion web site directly: For any further details, please write to us on
All our books are available in paperback, as well as Kindle e-books. Books are available in Romania as well, from “Anthony Frost English Bookshop” in Bucharest (

Enjoy the read! Many thanks,
Ramona Mitrica and Mike Phillips,
Profusion Directors  

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Profusion list:

Profusion Crime Series – Fiction, Non-Fiction, 2011-2012:
“Attack in the Library” by George Arion
“Kill the General” by Bogdan Hrib
“Anatomical Clues” by Oana Stoica-Mujea
“Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest” by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru

Profusion Gold Series – Fiction, 2014-2015:
“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” by Liviu Antonesei
“Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman” by Stelian Turlea
“Report on the State of Loneliness” by Augustin Buzura (coming soon)

“Attack in the Library” by George Arion, one of the classic narratives of Romanian crime fiction, was written during the dictatorship of the 1980s in the finest Noir tradition. “I loved this book. Dry, snappy, absurdist wit... the colossal, surreal stupidity of totalitarianism.” (Patrick McGuinness - author, The Last Hundred Days - Man Booker Prize Longlist)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867612

“Kill the General” by Bogdan Hrib, an exciting and suspenseful thriller, takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the last decades in Romanian history. “...a good read offering an insight into a country that remains mysterious to many of us.” (Julian Cole - The Press, York)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867605

“Anatomical Clues” by Oana Stoica-Mujea features Iolanda, a crime-fighting heroine unique in the landscape of Romanian literature: mad, bad and dangerous to know. “...a gripping tale, which, like Iolanda, will creep into your head and stay there.” (Mike Phillips - author, CWA Silver Dagger winner)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867629

“Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest” by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru is a social review of Romania in the ‘70s, with a serial killer’s story as a central focus. “... a fascinating read that frames a factual account of the crimes within their social environment, while examining their impact on the culture, and their lingering legacy in the present day.” (George Nott - Enfield INDEPENDENT)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867636

“Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman” by Stelian Turlea
With the unerring instinct of a popular children’s author, Turlea locates, in GREUCEANU, one of the major Pan-European issues in contemporary times, the problem of organised crime. Turlea’s villains are not moustachioed banditos. Instead they are the brothers and sisters of gangsters in every European city centre, and playing as he does with the characters of the town, he explores a number of insights into the role of organised crime in post-Accession civic life. Greuceanu is a young policeman, at the bottom of the ladder. By chance, he gets rid of one of the feared gangsters, whose brothers and their wives come after him.
ISBN-13: 978-0956867667

“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” by Liviu Antonesei
“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” is Liviu Antonesei's latest collection of short stories, which track the experiences of a Romanian intellectual in the years since the political upheavals in his country and the surrounding region. They make for an exciting, insightful and provocative read about the events happening right now in Eastern Europe... These seductive short stories are an ingenious merger of simple life, essay, diary and reportage.
ISBN-13: 978-0956867650

“Report on the State of Loneliness” by Augustin Buzura
A deeply reflexive meditation on the history of Doctor Cassian, from the Second World War to contemporary times in Romania, told through the experiences of a panoply of characters and events. In counterpoint, the novel details the reflections of a young woman, Mara, and her relationship with the doctor.
The book explores, in depth, the Romanian landscape over more than 70 years, subtly locating the history of a myriad of individuals and events within their broader European context, as well as describing the conflicts and opportunities of the post-Accession generation. It is an important contribution to broadening European understanding of a little known history and culture.
ISBN-13: 978-0956867643

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Kill the General - An Explosive Thriller - 19 June 2012

Kill the General by Bogdan Hrib (minimalist style)

Kill the General
by Bogdan Hrib


A Classic of Romanian Crime Fiction

Order a signed copy on this site.


'Kill the General' is also available in paperback from, and as a Kindle e-book.

To read a free preview of 'Kill the General', click here.

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Romanian Crime Fiction comes to Leeds - 21 November 2011

The University of Leeds hosts a presentation and debate on crime literature from Eastern Europe, on 1 December 2011, 17:30-20:00, featuring award-winning author Mike Phillips and special guests from Romania: George Arion, Oana Stoica-Mujea, and Bogdan Hrib.
Introduction by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Frank Finlay and John McLeod, Professor of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures.

Location: Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, LG X04, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT.


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OUT NOW! Kill the General on Kindle - 21 November 2011


Kill the General 

on Kindle

Special price £3.44 for one month only.
(offer ends 10 December 2011)

Grab your e-book directly from Kindle Store (UK).

Also available for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets, using the free Kindle app.

Buy the e-book from Kindle US, Kindle France, or Kindle Deutschland. 


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