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A “Poem” for the Romanian Verse: an inspiring introduction to 1980s Romanian poetry

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‘It is always inspiring to look at a single decade of a single country and realize how absolutely varied it is’ – Sean Shibe, guitarist A panel discussion was held at the Romanian Cultural Institute regarding the new edition of ‘Poem’ magazine that consists of translated Romanian poetry. The magazine’s prolific founder, Fiona Sampson, was…

Andreea Scridon | December 5, 2016
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PREVIEW: Balkan Day II: A Rich Heritage of Stories, at British Library 24/6

Balkan Day II: A Rich Heritage of Stories Fri 24 Jun 2016, 10:00 – 18:00   This event will bring together some of the leading contemporary academics, writers and translators to talk about writing and creating in this fertile cultural space Following on from the hugely successful Balkan Day event in June 2014, join for another day of…

Robin Ashenden | June 15, 2016
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‘Angels, Adolescents and Trucks: New Romanian Books in English’ at Waterstone’s Piccadilly

Marking the growing presence of Romanian literature on English bookshelves, Angels, Adolescents and Trucks: New Romanian Books in English was a talk at Waterstones Piccadilly,  dedicated to celebrating some recently translated gems of the country’s contemporary literature. Organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute, part of their colourful program for the London Book Fair, the audience…

Kata Karath | April 18, 2016
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REMEMBERING BOSNIA: Two Contemporary Bosnian Novels, reviewed by Esther Harper

Selvedin’s Avdic’s Seven Terrors (2012) and Alma Lazarevska’s Death in the Museum of Modern Art (2014) provide a deeply poignant insight into the lives of those who suffered the Bosnian War. Though fictional accounts, the stories evoke clearly the literal and figurative battle endured in Bosnia throughout the early nineties, and give a strong impression…

Esther Harper | December 23, 2015
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REMEMBERING BOSNIA: ‘Trusted Mole’ (Stankovic, 2000) reviewed by Robin Ashenden

‘Had it not been for the arrest, the book would never have been written… I would have just closed the door on the whole experience and moved on.’ Milos Stankovic is speaking about Trusted Mole: A Soldier’s Journey into Bosnia’s Heart of Darkness – his account of his spell as the longest serving British Soldier…

Robin Ashenden | December 17, 2015