Mariana Cristina Bărbulescu, born in 1953 in Romania, studied English and German at the University of Iaşi, where she completed her PhD in 2000 with a dissertation on S. T. Coleridge. Upon finishing her studies she worked as a German and English teacher. Since 1982 she has worked as an assistant, then lecturer, at the University of Iaşi's German Department. She is the author of numerous translations of German-speaking writers from German into Rumanian, including Hermann Hesse's Gertrude; Die schönsten Erzählungen, Cătălin Dorian Florescu's Der kurze Weg nach Hause; Der blinde Masseur; Zaira; Jacob beschließt zu lieben, Heimito von Doderer's Das letzte Abenteuer, and Günter Grass' Katz und Maus and Hundejahre. She is a member of the Rumanian Writers Association (Translation Department) and was awarded the translation prize handed out by its Iaşi branch in 2013.