Doina Rusti Doina Ruşti (born 1957) is a top female writer in Romania today. Her work has been translated into nine languages, and awards for her many novels have included The Romanian Academy’s Ion Creangă Prize and the Prize of the Romanian Writers Union. In The Phanariot Manuscript , a manuscript from 1796 tells the story of a boy from Thessaloniki who comes to Bucharest to get rich, but falls in love with a slave girl, and has some hard decisions to make. Translated from Romanian by Liana Grama and Andrew K. Davidson. In the short story, “The Lover”, a local religious man maintains a strange hold on the women around him. Translated from Romanian by Andrew K. Davidson, revised by Daniela and Matt Riain.