Archipeligo Books Celebrates Launch of Mircea Cartarescu's BLINDING, 10/21 - 10/23
This October, Archipelago Books invites you to come out and help them welcome Mircea Cartarescu to NYC as they celebrate the launch of his remarkable Blinding, beautifully translated from the Romanian by Sean Cotter.
October 21st, at 7 pm, a reading and discussion with translator Sean Cotter and Mircea Cartarescu at Barnard Center for Translation Studies (James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall, Barnard College)
October 22nd, at 7 pm, a reading and conversation with Eric Banks and Mircea Cartarescu at The Community Bookstore (Brooklyn)
October 23rd, at 7pm, a reading and conversation with Joshua Cohen and Mircea Cartarescu at McNally Jackson
Mircea Cartarescu, poet, novelist, and essayist, was born in 1956 in Bucharest. As a young member of the "Blue-jeans Generation" in the 1970s, his work was strongly influenced by American writing in opposition to the official Communist ideology and by Romanian Onirism. The appearance of his book Nostalgia (New Directions) made him a young literary star in Romania. Cartarescu is the 2013 winner of the 2012 Berlin International Prize for Literature, the Swiss Leuk Spycher Preis and the Serbian Grand Prize for International Poetry in Novi Sad.
Sean Cotter's translations from the Romanian include Nichita Stanescu's Wheel with a Single Spoke and Other Poems (recipient of the 2012 Best Translated Book Award for Poetry), Liliana Ursu's Lightwall and Nichita Danilov's Secondhand Souls. His essays, articles, and translations have appeared in Conjunctions, Two Lines, and Translation Review. He is Associate Professor of Literature and Literary Translation at the University of Texas at Dallas, Center for Translation Studies.
Praise for Mircea Cartarescu
"Cartarescu's themes are immense.... They reveal to us a secret Bucharest,
folded into underground passages far from the imperious summons of history,
which never stops calling to us."
--Le Monde (France)
"Cartarescu's phantasmagorical world is similar to Dalí's dreamscapes."
"Gripping, impassioned, unexpected--
the qualities that the best in literature possesses."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"If George Lucas were a poet, this is how he would write."
--New York Sun
"Reality has become promiscuous. Seldom have we seen Eros and Thanatos in such an obscene embrace..."
-Neue Zürcher Zeitung