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Tue, 12 Mar


Romanian Cultural Institute

Voices of Freedom: Romania at the London Book Fair

Wor(l)ds without Borders. New Romanian Books in English

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Voices of Freedom: Romania at the London Book Fair
Voices of Freedom: Romania at the London Book Fair

Time & Location

12 Mar 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH, UK

About the event

As part of Romania’s 14th participation at the London Book Fair, we are proud to present some recent translations from Romanian into English. The selection includes:

· Matei Vișniec’s Dinner with Marx translated by Adam J. Sorkin & Lidia Vianu (New Meridian Arts, 2023);

· Max Blecher’s Transparent Body & Other Texts translated by Gabi Reigh (Twisted Spoon Press, 2024);

· Emilian Galaicu Păun’s Canting Arms translated by Adam J. Sorkin together with Diana Manole, Lidia Vianu, Claudia Serea, Rareșa Galaicu, Cristina Cîrstea Danilov and Ștefania Hirtopanu (Deep Vellum, 2024);

· Liliana Corobca’s Kinderland translated by Monica Cure (Seven Stories Press, 2023);

· Norman Manea’s Exiled Shadow translated by Carla Baricz (Yale University Press, 2023).

Writer and journalist Marius Chivu will moderate an engaging conversation with writer and researcher Liliana Corobca, writer and critic Bogdan Crețu, translator Gabi Reigh and playwright, poet and journalist Matei Vișniec.

Romania’s 14th participation at the London Book Fair (LBF) celebrates generations of astonishing writers, who offer strong, original voices and well-crafted language through their awarded books. 35 years since the Romanian Revolution, we celebrate freedom in all its creative forms, with a focus on Romania's literary scene.

Join us for a rich programme that unfolds at our stand at Olympia Exhibition Centre as well as at the Romanian Cultural Institute, Barbican Library and Conway Hall. Four packed days of book launches, dialogues and spoken word performances that will give you a flavour of our effervescent contemporary literature.

Our brilliant guests are writers and academics: Mădălina Căuneac, Liliana Corobca, Hannah Dawson, Paula Erizanu, Suzannah Lipscomb, Cosmin Perța, Florentin Popa, Alina Purcaru, Maria Stadnicka, Matei Vișniec, Elena Vlădăreanu. Authors, journalists and critics Marius Chivu and Bogdan Crețu, editors Eli Bădică, Alex Ciorogar and Susan Curtis; artist Iulian Morar; as well as translator Gabi Reigh, and cultural manager Milena Deleva complete our line-up.

The Romanian participation at the LBF 2024 is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute's National Book Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, with the support of the Romanian Embassy, Conway Hall, Barbican Library, the Romanian Publishers Association and the Ministry of Culture. The project is funded by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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