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BOOK REVIEW: Varujan Vosganian’s ‘The Book of Whispers’ (Yale University Press, 2017) – ‘this book will one day have its place among the ranks of the classics’


Varujan Vosganian is an Armenian-Romanian poet, essayist, and politician. His The Book of Whispers, or Cartea şoaptelor, sold in over 60,000 copies in Romanian, was originally published in 2009. In 2017, Yale University Press published the book in Alistair Ian Blyth’s lauded translation: it was longlisted for the 2018 PEN Translation Prize. The Armenian genocide…

Andreea Scridon | 21/07/2018

The Vagabond and the Princess: Patrick Leigh Fermor in Romania by Alan Ogden

Join celebrated author Alan Ogden for an evening of anecdotes, humour and epic storytelling as he shares new insights about the legendary Paddy Leigh Fermor and his travels in Romania. Starting with the ‘great trudge’ on foot through Romania in 1934 and ending in 1990 with his assignment for The Daily Telegraph following the fall of Ceausescu, The Vagabond and…

Julia Secklehner | 26/06/2018

BOOK REVIEW: Mircea Eliade ‘Gaudeamus’ (Istros Books, 2018) – ‘an imperfect but enjoyable, atmospheric book’


Mircea Eliade’s Gaudeamus, written in 1928, is loosely a sequel to the successful Diary of a Short-Sighted Adolescent, whose title speaks sufficiently for itself. The story’s continuation’s also a journal presented as a novel, this time a constellation of moral struggles and desires during the protagonist’s three university years as a philosophy student in interwar…

Andreea Scridon | 02/06/2018

Jacek Dehnel in conversation with Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Oneworld Publishing and the Polish Cultural Institute in London are pleased to invite you to a series of events to promote a moving family saga Lala by one of Poland’s top writers, Jacek Dehnel (forthcoming in June by Oneworld in Antonia Lloyd-Jones‘s translation). Born in 1980, Dehnel is a poet, novelist and translator. In 2005…

Julia Secklehner | 30/05/2018

Romanian Art Books at Tate Modern

The Romanian Cultural Institute is proud to support, for the third year in a row, Romania’s participation at Offprint London (18-20 May), one of Britain’s largest art publishing fairs, which brings together at Tate Modern artists and publishers from all over the globe. The Romanian display of art books, curated by art historian Alina Șerban,…

Julia Secklehner | 18/05/2018

Hysteric Glamour: Book Launch

Czech artist duo Daniela and Linda Dostalkova present their new book Hysteric Glamour. Published by In Other Words and designed by OK-RM the book will be launched at the Offprint art publishing fair at Tate Modern. The two-act eco-drama proposes a postromantic, authentic way of knowing and caring for nature that requires a radical reconstruction…

Julia Secklehner | 18/05/2018

Literature/Theatre Event: Ukrainian 1930s avant-garde taking the stage in London. Meet the team behind ‘Maklena’ and become part of the story

Night Train Theatre Company is producing Maklena Grasa by Ukrainian playwright Mykola Kulish, translated into English for the first time by Maria Montague. Maklena Grasa was Kulish’s final major work before he was executed during the Stalinist purges, which swept across Ukraine in the late 1930s. The play was performed only five times in 1933 before it was banned by the Soviet…

Julia Secklehner | 17/05/2018

Lambeth Readers & Writers Festival: Afternoon devoted to Polish women in literature

Introducing a fantastic afternoon of Polish writing by women past and present, exploring their interaction with events and themes in Polish history, their personal experience, as well as the functions of memory. Chaired by Ursula Phillips, writer on Polish literary history and translator. The panel will include researcher Kasia Brzezińska, literary translators Basia Howard, Alissa…

Julia Secklehner | 12/05/2018

Sylva Fischerová at European Literature Night 2018

Join us for the annual European Literature Night – a chance to discover the best voices in translation – as we bring together a panel of inspiring writers from across the channel to read from their work, and discuss key artistic themes and the countries that shape them. This year, we consider questions of identity…

Julia Secklehner | 10/05/2018

Polish book design at the Royal College of Art

The School of Communication, Royal College of Art has the pleasure of hosting the London launch of two books, the Klimowski Poster Book, published by SelfMadeHero and Gyubal Vahazr or on the Uplands of Absurdity by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, published by the Polish-Japanese Academy of Digital Information in Warsaw. The latter has been dedicated, amongst…

Julia Secklehner | 09/05/2018