Literary critic and translator Ana-Lucreţia Nedelcu takes this view on Mada Cazali’s art:
Mada CAZALI is a ferocious, high-spirited female writer, with a passion for the detective, dynamic stories. The novel represents a complex of unexpected happenings touched by a poetic glance. In this one, the author gathers facts, memories, crimes, thrilling moments, confusions and poetry in a marvelous and well-designed mixture, resulted in an ideal detective novel, a perfect story ready to be related during chilly Saturdays, accompanied by a cheerful mysterious music.
The captivating dimension of this novel is completed by beautiful lyrical elements and an almost surreal image of nature.
An important element that characterizes the 1st novel is the presence of several couples shaped in parallel or in opposition, according to their interests, preferences, age and nationality: Irina and Petru, Martha and Jim, mother Zou and niece Gülnaz, Officer Matei Danilov and Dana, Magda and father Petrescu. The characters are presented as if they were extracted from the great Agatha Christie novels, characters who harmoniously wear multiple masks: the comedian, the dreadful and the subservient.
A remarkable technique used by the author appears to be when linking the present to the future, the concrete and visible actions to the lyrical memories that point out the psychological side of the characters, translated into a kind of melancholy, dream, nostalgia or regret. All the same, an explanatory point for the reader would represent the building of characters’ route, their journey or their written journal, an aspect that helps for the whole construction of the present novel, leaving nothing behind, particularly written and chosen for a full understanding of the conflict and its nature: “Cahul, June 29th, 2012…”
The unmistakable style and the 3rd person voice of our omnipresent writer encourage us to analyze the dynamic of our daily lives, it portrays a possible society we live in, it covers our senses with precise and quick information about the facts, just like in a journalistic research. Unfortunate daily situations presented with a simple, understandable language, mingle with 1st person reflexive voice, the intimate diary that transcends reality into a magical fairy-tale and poetic memory. There is an existential level that appears detached from the rest of the concrete one, but that comes as a miraculous support in solving the detective cases.
Last but not least, this novel speaks about history’s atrocities, Romanian historical facts linked to political and social happenings. I leave you, the reader, to discover the essence of these facts. Were they seen by an objective eye or were some of these events part of author’s life? Here, among these lines, we find a multidisciplinary style quite hard to approach for a writer, but upon which Mrs. CAZALI acts with simplicity and easiness. This is why, I warmly recommend Mrs. CAZALI’s writings, which are full of both dynamism and poetry.
Ana-Lucreţia NEDELCU–philologist, translator, writer, World Poetry Canada & International
Mada Cazali (professor Smaranda Cazan Livescu’s pen name), teaches English in Atlanta, Georgia and writes thrillers and detective novels. So far, Coresi Publishing House SRL (WWW.CORESI.NET) has published the following works by Mada Cazali:Destăinuiri cu scoici şi apă sărată, 2017Timpuri, în goană, 2017Cercul de foc, 2017Writing at Your Best. An English Language Life-Saver for Students & Teachers, 2018Confessions with Seashells and Salty Waters, 2018Times, on the Run, 2018The Ring of Fire, 2018
This is what Mr Viorel Urmă says about Mada CAZALI’s writing:
Mada CAZALI is the creator of a new literary genre: the thriller which blends mystery, fast-paced action and suspense with poetry and sensibility to forge an original detective story which reads in one breath.
The central characters of the three-book series–Confessions with Seashells and Salty Water; Time on the Run; The Ring of Fire–are Inspector Danilov, who struggles with family problems (his wife has disappeared for several years), and Magdalena, a mysterious woman who is like a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. She unveils herself at the end of the third book of the series, “Cercul de Foc” (“The Ring of Fire“), which, like the first two, presents multiple characters painted against various backgrounds and situations.
Although relatively short, at around 130 pages each, and of deceiving simplicity, the books are apparently easy to read but solving each mystery is no easy matter for the reader… until the last pages.
A thriller enthusiast myself, I was taken aback by the poetry that imbues the series–uncustomary for this specific genre. Can detective stories blend poetical atmosphere and images with the “hard” (blood, murders, etc.) stuff? It’s a bet that Mada CAZALI has won for her readers.