Cornelia Golna


           Cornelia Golna is a writer and translator living in the Netherlands. She has translated works from Romanian, Dutch, and French, including short stories, poetry, literary criticism, and art history. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Classical philology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her translation of two short stories by Romanian author Norman Manea appeared in the TriQuarterly, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. (“The Sweater”) and The Paris Review (“Portrait of the Yellow Apricot Tree”). She was also responsible for the translation of 10 of the 15 stories included in October, Eight O’clock, Stories by Norman Manea (Grove Weidenfeld, New York, 1992). In addition, she has translated an anthology of modern Moldavian poetry into English in the bilingual (French and English) edition Une anthologie de la poésie Moldave (L’esprit des peninsules, Paris 1996). From Dutch she translated the catalogue accompanying the exhibition, Figurative Art, Beginning and End of the 20th Century in Romania, March 6-May10, 1998, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, the Netherlands;and from French, “Bringing a Historical Character on Stage: L’Indiade,” by Liliana Alexandrescu, in Hélène Cixous. Critical Impressions, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Lit Book Series, Gordon and Breach, Publishers, 1999 OPA. Her latest translation is “Names,” a short story by Romanian author Adriana Bittel, which will be part of an anthology of contemporary Romanian fiction in Absinthe: New European Writing.
          Recently, her own writing has overshadowed her translating work. In 2004, she published her novel, City of Man’s Desire, A Novel of Constantinople, (Go-Bos Press). In December 2006, the book was brought out in Greece by Σύγχρονοι Ορίζοντες (Synchronoi Orizontes), Thessaloniki & Athens, with the title Κωνσταντινούπολη, πόλη των πόθων (Konstantinoupoli poli ton pothon), translated by Lydia Polyzopoulou. It was on the bestsellers’ list of Greece’s largest newspaper, To Vima, for 7 weeks, from January to April. According to an article published on December 15, 2007, in the Greek newspaper, Ta Nea (The News), "Πολιτική εναντίον έρωτα" (Politiki enantion erota: Politics versus love, []), between December 2006 and December 2007, the Greek translation of City of Man’s Desire sold 22,500 copies. Publication in Turkish and Romanian translations is expected soon.



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