Mircea Cartarescu is finalist of the most coveted Strega Prize 2016

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Mircea Cartarescu, recently awarded the Gregor von Rezzori prize, is finalist of the most coveted Strega Prize 2016. His famous “Orbitor. Corpul/ Blinding. The Body” novel was published in Italian last year by the Voland publishing house and it has been now shortlisted for the Premio Strega Europa, according to the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR).

Mircea Cartarescu will be in Rome on July 5 where he is invited at the 15th edition of the Literature Festival running here between June 14-July 14, iromeni.com informs.

The Romanian author will read excerpts from his novel at Basilic di Massenzio on July 6, starting 9 p.m. The reading will illustrate the topic of the festival this year “Memory”.

The other finalists will do the same, while in the end the winner will be designated. The other finalists are French Annie, Scottish Kerry Hudson, Spanish Ricardo Menéndez Salmón and German Ralf Rothmann.

The Strega Prize was first awarded in 2014 for promoting the contemporary original novelists. The EUR 3,000-prize selects only foreign authors whose works had been translated into Italian.