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Patrick Camiller (b. 1947). Graduated in philosophy from King’s College, London in 1967, since when he has worked in publishing and, for the last twenty years, as a translator into English from a number of European languages. Published works have been mainly in the field of history and social/political theory (among others, Popper, Offe, Beck, Safranski, Fest; Poulantzas, Virilio, Löwy, Amin; Salvadori, Arrighi), but include novels by Mañuel Vázquez Montalban. In the mid-1990s, he also began to return to an early interest in Romanian culture and literature, in which he is now increasingly tending to specialize. A two-month residence grant from the Romanian Cultural Institute proved invaluable in the spring/early summer of 2008. Translations include: Norman Manea, The Black Envelope [Plicul negru], New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995, London: Faber 1996; Mihail Sebastian,Journal, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2000; and Dumitru Ţepeneag, The Vain Art of Fugue [Zadarnicǎ e arta fugii], Dalkey Archive Press, 2007. Currently working on two further translations by Ţepeneag: Nunţiile necesare (almost completed for publication in 2009) and Hotel Europa.

 

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