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January 22, 2022

Third edition of International Literature Festival this week

The event will include public readings and debates by celebrated writers from Hungary, Montenegro, Georgia or Croatia.

The third edition of the Bucharest International Literature Festival (FILB) will be held between October 28 and 30 (starting 6 pm). The event will be hosted by the Peasant’s Club, within the Roma­nian Peasant’s Museum, according to a release by Polirom quoted by Mediafax. Literature-lovers will have a chance, once again, to attend public readings and debates with important writers from Hungary, Montenegro, Georgia or Croatia, as well as some of the leading names in Romanian literature, such as Petru Cimpoesu, Cristian Teodorescu, Adriana Babeti, Varujan Vosganian, O. Nimigean or Dan Suciu.

“For three years now, since we started having this festival in Bucharest, I’ve felt as if I were trying to lead a herd of elephants along Lipscani Street. Many times it feels as if we were trying to adjust a giant to the size of an unyielding Procrustean bed or tugging at a dwarf ‘s arms and legs using four camels, to match him to our ideas,” the president of FILB, Bogdan-Alexandru Stanescu, stated. “As of this edition, FILB became a partner of the Tanpinar Festival in Istanbul and of The Knot project, and we promise you that its fourth edition, which is to take place next year, will be a very special one,” he added.

The first day of the festival will offer the public a chance to meet Ádám Bodor (Hungary), a writer born in Romania, whose biography bears the deep marks of his experience of imprisonment – he served two years of a political prison sentence in the cells in Cluj-Napoca and Gherla, where he met some of the former members of the Romanian Iron Guard. Ádám Bodor will read excerpts from his books “Mirosul inchisorii” (The Smell of Prison – Curtea Veche Publishing), “Zona Sinistra” (The Sinister Zone – Humanitas) and “Vizita arhiepiscopului” (The Archbishop’s Visit – Polirom) – all of which came out this year in a Romanian translation by Marius Tabacu. The Romanian guests on the first night of this year’s edition of FILB will be Petru Cimpoesu (to offer a reading from his latest volume, published, in a revised version, at Polirom – “Firesc”/ Natural), Cristian Teodorescu (to read from “Medgidia, orasul de apoi”/ Medgidia, the Latter-Day City). The first night of the festival will close with a screening of “Buna dimineata”(Good Mor­ning!), direc­ted by Péter Szabó.

The second day of the festival is dedicated to a debate on the topic of “Lived Stories/ Imagined Stories or how writers play on the reality/fiction relation in their work”. The night’s foreign guests are Zaza Burchuladze, one of the most celebrated names in the new generation of Georgian writers and playwrights, to offer a reading from “Instant Kafka” (forthcoming at Cartier Publishing House, in a translation signed by Igor Mocanu), and Ognjen Spahi?, the strongest voice in Montenegran fiction after the partition of former Yugoslavia, who will read for the public at the Peasant’s Museum an excerpt from his novel “Hansen’s Children”, recently published in the “Biblio­teca Polirom” collection (translated by Annemarie Sorescu Marinkovi?). The third night of the festival, titled “Functionare in Ministerul durerii” (Scribes in the Ministry of Sorrow), will be a women’s only event. The protagonists of the debate will be Dubravka Ugre?i? (a migrant writer, born in Croatia, but currently living in the Netherlands) and Adriana Babeti. The festival will conclude with a concert, Joint party – Rokolectiv.

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