Join us on Wednesday, October 16, for a reading and conversation (in English!) with Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu and a celebration of the publication by our friends at Archipelago Books of the first volume of Blinding, one of the most widely heralded literary sensations in contemporary Romania, and a bestseller from the day of its release. The conversation will be moderated by Delia Ungureanu, Assistant Professor at the University of Bucharest and Visiting Lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature.
Free and open to the public | Reception (wine, beer, and small bites) and book-signing to follow.
Mircea Cărtărescu was born in 1956. One of the foremost contemporary novelists and poets of Romania’s 1970s “Blue Jeans Generation,” his work was always strongly influenced by American writing in opposition to the official Communist ideology. Cărtărescu is the winner of the Romanian Writers’ Union Prize, the Romanian Academy’s Prize, and the 1992 nominee for the Prix Mèdicis, among other awards. His previous novel Nostalgia was published by New Directions. He currently lives in Bucharest.
This event takes place as part of our “European Voices” series – an ongoing series of conversations with artists and writers, activists and intellectuals exploring questions at the intersection of politics and culture. Co-sponsored by the literary journal AGNI. Funded in part by the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC.
Organized by BU Center for the Study of Europe
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