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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’

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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
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Book Review: Augustin Buzura’s ‘Report on the State of Loneliness’ (Profusion Publishers, 2016) – ‘surprisingly teasing and leaving us wanting to hear more’

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For one part of the novel, Augustin Buzura’s Report on the State of Loneliness is exactly what the title describes: an old man sits in a remote mountain hut, pondering about death and a long life, which is reaching its end. Throughout his lamentations, we sense the despair of an aged intellectual coming to terms…

Julia Secklehner | 13/06/2018
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BOOK REVIEW: Mircea Eliade ‘Gaudeamus’ (Istros Books, 2018) – ‘an imperfect but enjoyable, atmospheric book’

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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
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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 | 05/12/2016
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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 | 15/06/2016