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Pascal Bruckner at a conference on the Romanian and French culture

The French novelist Pascal Bruckner will discuss with the essayist and publicist Alexandru Matei about the transformation of the Romanian and French cultures after 1989, on Thursday, at the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) from Paris, the Institute informs. The participants to “Culture roumaine – culture francaise dans le contexte europeen 1989-2009,” among whom also the French writer William Marx, will discuss the way in which the political change in eastern Europe, in 1989, has conducted to a political, but also social and cultural transformation on the whole continent. It will also be attempted to establish a relation between the political and cultural domains, both for Romania and for France.

Pascal Bruckner, French novelist and essayist, was born in Paris in 1948. He was a guest professor with San Diego University from California (1986-1995), professor at the Institute of Political Studies from Paris (1990-1994), collaborated with Le Nouvel Observateur and Le Monde. A key personality of the Parisian intelligentsia, Bruckner wrote the essays “Misery of prosperity,” “Perpetual euphoria,” “The new love disorder,” and novels such as “Love for fellow men,” “Beauty stealers,” “Lunes de fiel”, “Anonymous ogres,” “The divine child.” Alexandru Matei has a PhD in contemporary French literature with the University from Bucharest and the Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales from Paris. He benefited from a scholarship from the French Government during 2003-2006. He signs essays, articles and literary reviews in most of the cultural magazines from Bucharest and in the magazine “Vatra” from Targu-Mures.

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