Vasile Ernu (b. 1971) is a Soviet-born Romanian writer. Born in Odessa, Soviet Union, Ernu studied philosophy at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași, graduating in 1996, after which he earned a master's degree in philosophy at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca in 1997. Ernu's debut book is Născut în URSS ("Born in the USSR"), a self-biographic work in which he recounts his experiences in the Soviet Union, in a mix of melancholia and irony. The book was translated in several languages, including: Russian, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Polish and Georgian. Ernu is the author of a trilogy on the people of Bessarabia. His most recent book is The Savage Dingo Children, which also won him awards.