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Synopsis | Filip Florian

Days of the King

May 01, 2009

Joseph Strauss (Berlin dentist, Catholic, without family, steadfast client of the Eleven Tits brothel and Der Große Bär beer cellar) leaves Prussia in the spring of 1866 and follows his patient, Captain of Dragoons Karl Eitel Friedrich Zephyrinus Ludwig von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen ...

 
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Synopsis | Filip Florian

The Băiuţ Alley Lads

May 01, 2009

In a feat of technical originality, brothers Filip and Matei Florian create a joint portrait of their shared childhood. Each brother tells the story of an event from his childhood while the other fills in details, offers revelations, and imbues the story with new meanings. This method clarifies ...

 
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Synopsis | Filip Florian

Little Fingers

May 01, 2009

A mass grave is discovered in a small mountain resort. Public prosecutors, journalists and former political prisoners show up in droves. The press has a field day. The issue becomes a source of daily political wrangling. Did the communists commit the crime in the 1950s? Searching for a lead, ...

 
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Synopsis | Norman Manea

Variations on a Self-Portrait

March 30, 2009

Variations on a Self-Portrait hews together thirty-three pieces of auto- fiction. Written and published in various locations between 1969 and 1996 and appearing together for the first time in Romanian (Iaşi: Polirom, 2008), the prose follows biographic lines. The main character/narrator ...

 
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Synopsis | Norman Manea

The Hooligan’s Return

March 30, 2009

After a harsh childhood in Transnistria, a concentration camp for Romanian Jews, and a frustrated, tedious adulthood as an engineer within the Communist system, Manea finds writing--and controversy--in middle age, and he emigrates to New York. His memoir is the eloquent story of his return to ...

 
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About this issue

This July, The Observer Translation Project leaves its usual format to present a special CRISIS ISSUE. Things are tough all over. Hard Times suddenly feels like the book of the moment. The global economic crisis impacts life as we know it, and viewed from Bucharest the effects reverberate in domains that include geo-politics and publishing in Romania and abroad, with the crisis at The Observer Translation Project as an instance of a universal phenomenon. read more...

Translator's Choice

Author: Stelian Tănase
Translated by: Jean Harris

From Maestro: A Melodrama. Episode 7

Emiluţa has an unfortunate thought. She’ll throw herself off the top of the building. Why? What the fuck? Let’s say for the cause of PeaceonEarth, for the slumdogs, Europe, for the lonely. Which is to say she doesn’t have a ghost of a reason. Viva Walachia! The way things stand, if ...

Translator’s Note
Translator’s Note: a synopsis
Author: Ştefan Agopian
Translated by: Ileana Orlich

How I Learned to Read (from Tache de Catifea / The Velvet Man)

The bearded man was the owner of an apothecary shop where he worked with two apprentices. Nobody paid me any mind, so I spent all day in what was supposed to be the shop. I say this because it was a large, dark room full of odors—a mix of smells from everywhere. The room hadn’t been cleaned ...

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Re: Learning to Read, from Tache de catifea / The Velvet Man
Author: Gabriela Adameşteanu
Translated by: Patrick Camiller

Wasted Morning - Napoleon in Bucharest

“What you’ve got here is heaven on earth,” Vica says as she drops onto the kitchen chair. “But where’s your mother?” “At work,” Gelu lazily replies, leaning sideways against the door. “She’s doing mornings this week, didn’t you know?” He is tall and thin, with unset ...

Author: Petre Ispirescu
Translated by: Jean Harris

Youth Without Age and Life Without Death

It happened once as never before-y, ‘cause if it couldn’t be true, it wouldn’t make a story about the time when the poplar tree made berries and the willow tree broke out in cherries, when bears began to brawl with their tails, and wolf and lamb, unfurling their sails, threw arms around each ...

Translator’s Note
On Petre Ispirescu
Exquisite Corpse

Planned events in Cultural Agenda see All Planned Events

17 December
Tardes de Cinema Romeno
As tardes de cinema romeno do ICR Lisboa continuam no dia 17 de Dezembro de 2009, às 19h00, na ...
14 December
Omaggio a Gheorghe Dinica Proiezione del film "Filantropica" (regia Nae Caranfil, 2002)
“Filantropica” è uno dei film che più rendono giustizia al ...
12 December
Årets Nobelpristagare i litteratur Herta Müller gästar Dramaten
Foto: Cato Lein 12.12.2009, Dramaten, Nybroplan, Stockholm I samband med Nobelveckan kommer ...
10 December
Romanian Festival @ Peninsula Arts - University of Plymouth
13 & 14 November 2009. Films until 18 December. Twenty of Romania's most influential and ...
10 December
Lesung und Gespräch mit Ioana Nicolaie
Donnerstag, 10. Dezember, um 19.30 Uhr Ort: Szimpla Café Gärtnerstrs.15, ...
 
 

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