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Romanian Festival @ Peninsula Arts - University of Plymouth | Thursday, December 10 2009

13 & 14 November 2009. Films until 18 December. 
Twenty of Romania's most influential and award-winning authors are launched by University of Plymouth Press in a new series 20 Romanian Writers.
These works have been translated into English for the first time; the collection captures Romania's rich cultural diversity and artistic heritage. Selected by an independent Romanian jury of editors, academics and publishers, the series showcases the most notable Romanian novels, essays, poetry, short prose and philosophy of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Each volume is edited and comes with a substantial introduction and texts are complemented with a 16 page full color supplement provided by Romanian contemporary visual artists. 20 Romanian Writers is a landmark collection of the very best writing, which has come from Romania during the past 100 years.
(University of Plymouth Press)
Book Launch
The first major translated collection of Romania's most prominent authors, poets, playwrights and artists.
The first four volumes of the 20 authors series translated from Romanian into English are: 
  • Six maladies of the contemporary spirit, by Constantin Noica
  • The cinematography caravan, by Ioan Grosan
  • Lines poems poetry, by Mircea Ivanescu
  • Occurence in the immediate reality, by Max Blecher

The books can be ordered from
Click here to download the brochure 20 Romanian writers.
The launch takes place in the presence of Mircea Mihaies (vice president of the Romanian Cultural Institute), Ioan Grosan (writer) and Alistair Ian Blyth (translator).
When & Where: 14 November 2009, 3 pm | Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
The War of Independance (1912) - Romania's first feature film within it's Re-Scoring the Silent series. Astonishingly ambitious for a film nearly 100 years old, the film tells the story of Romania's War of Independance (1877-1879). This film is accompanied by live music with pianist Lola Perrin.
When & Where: 14 November 2009, 4.30 pm | Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Admission: Tickets £5, concession £3, Free for Friends and UoP students
The Shadow of Ceausescu Film Series - A season of Romanian features contextualising the Romanian revolution.
  • 26 November, 7pm: 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, by Cristian Mungiu. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed with a post film Q&A by Irina-Margareta Nistor.
  • 3 December, 7pm: The Way I Spent the End of the World, by Catalin Mitulescu
  • 10 December, 7pm: The Paper Will be Blue, by Radu Muntean
  • 16 December, 7pm: Videogrames of a Revolution, by Harun Farocki & Andrei Ujica
  • 17 December, 7pm: 12:08 East of Bucharest by Corneliu Porumboiu
    The last two screenings will be presented by Angelo Mitchievici and will be followed by a Q&A session with the public.
Four Romanian Artists: Anca Boeriu, Florin Stoiciu, Florica Prevenda, Alexandru Radvan
whose work illustrates the launched volumes.
When: Saturday 14 November - Saturday 19 December
Open Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building
Hand to Mouth: Tessa Bunney
A journey through the Romanian Carpathians
When: Friday 6 November - Friday 11 December 2009
Open Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday by appointment
Where: Cube3 Gallery, Portland Square Building
For more details, please visit


Lesung und Gespräch mit Ioana Nicolaie | Thursday, December 10 2009

Donnerstag, 10. Dezember, um 19.30 Uhr 
Ort: Szimpla Café
Gärtnerstrs.15, Berlin-Friedrichshain
rund um ihren Roman "Like a Bird on the Wire" (Verlag Polirom, 2008)
Lesung in deutscher Sprache: Eva Wemme (Übersetzerin)
Moderation: Iulia Dondorici
Ioana Nicolaie  - 1974 in Sângeorz-Bai geboren - ist eine junge rumänische Schriftstellerin. Sie debütierte 2000 mit dem Gedichtband "Retuschierte Fotografie". 2002 folgte "Der Norden", 2003 kam der sich thematisch anschließende Band "Der Glauben" heraus. Zwei Jahre später veröffentlichte Ioana Nicolaie einen weiteren Lyrikband "Der Himmel im Bauch", der 2006 für den Eastern Europe Award nominiert wurde. Ihr erster Roman  - Like a Bird on the Wire   - erschien 2008 und erregte sogleich große Aufmerksamkeit bei den rumänischen Literaturkritikern. Ausgewählte Gedichte von Ioana Nicolaie sind bereits in Österreich, Frankreich, England, Schweden und Kanada erschienen. In Deutschland erschien 2008 "Der Norden" (Pop Verlag), der Roman "Like a Bird on the Wire" wird 2010 ins Italienische übersetzt.
"Like a Bird on the Wire"
Sabina ist eine 19jährige Studentin, die aus der rumänischen Provinz stammt und nun zum Studium nach Bukarest kommt. Ohne einen Cent und völlig orientierungslos muss sie sich in der verwirrenden Großstadt durchschlagen. Jedes Erlebnis ist für sie eine Probe des Weiterlebens. Die Menschen und die sozialen Millieus, die sie dabei kennenlernt, ergeben ein subjektives Bild der rumänischen Gesellschaft nach 1989. Doch in seinem Kern ist "Like a Bird on the Wire" eine spannende, bewegende Erzählung über die Jahre der Jugend, die erste Liebe und das Studentenleben im Bukarest der 90er Jahre.
Veranstalter: rumä in Zusammenarbeit mit Szimpla Cafe Berlin.


Celebrating Herta Mueller | Thursday, December 10 2009

THU, December 10, 7 pm
5 East 3rd Street (at Bowery)
New York, NY 10003


And the Nobel prize goes to Herta Mueller    
On December 10 in Stockholm, the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded to the Romanian-born German novelist, Herta Müller. In celebration of this event, join us for a conversation between Sara Bershtel, publisher of Metropolitan Books, and Philip Boehm, Herta Müller’s translator, who will discuss the author and her work. The event is presented by the Goethe-Institut New York, the German Book Office New York, the Consulate General of Germany and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Born in 1953 in a German-speaking village in Banat, Romania, Müller fled the country for Germany in 1987, after being prohibited from publishing in Romania. She has been a longstanding candidate for the award which comes just on the 20th anniversary of the collapse of communism. Although she left Romania over 20 years ago, she returns constantly to the themes of oppression, exile and dictatorship in her novels and poems. "The most overwhelming experience for me was living under the dictatorial regime in Romania," Müller has once declared. "And simply living in Germany, hundreds of kilometres away, does not erase my past experience. I packed up my past when I left, and remember that dictatorships are still a current topic in Germany."

Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages and with books such as The Land of Green Plums, The Appointment, The Passport and Nadirs, Herta Müller numbers among the major authors of international literature. The Nobel Prize is the culmination of the many awards Müller has already received for her work.

New York-based singer Sanda Weigl and her band of Japanese musicians will be present for a special performance in Stockholm at the celebration event dedicated to Herta Müller in the Swedish capital. 


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This July, The Observer Translation Project leaves its usual format to present a special CRISIS ISSUE. Things are tough all over. Hard Times suddenly feels like the book of the moment. The global economic crisis impacts life as we know it, and viewed from Bucharest the effects reverberate in domains that include geo-politics and publishing in Romania and abroad, with the crisis at The Observer Translation Project as an instance of a universal phenomenon. read more...

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