Gellu Naum Anthology Launched in Venice

June 23, 2009


Gellu Naum Anthology Launched in Venice
            On June 11, the Romanian Institute for Cultural and Humanistic Research (which is located in Venice) launched a blockbuster bilingual anthology of writing by Gellu Naum, La quinta essenza / The Fifth Essence (Treviso: Editing Edizioni, 2006). The book includes a broad chronology of the great surrealist writer’s work and an introductory essay, both by the Romanian Italianist and critic Geo Vasile. Monica Joiţa, director of ICR Venice, Prof. Silvana Tamiozzo from Ca’ Foscari University and critic Nicola Cecconi spoke at the launch. Vasile was awarded the Medal of Venice next day at Venice’s City Hall. The award recognized Vasile’s contribution to Romanian-Italian cultural relations. While in Italy, Vasile met with Paolo Ruffilli, who officially presented him with the Italian-Spanish version of his recent Montale Prize-winning Diario di Normandia (Mexico City: Ediciones El Tucán de Virginia, 2008).


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