The fourth edition of the Bucharest International Literature Festival (FILB) starts tomorrow, under the heading “My Adoptive Country”. The Peasant’s Club will host, for three evenings, public readings and debates with writers and cultural managers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. The festival will close on Friday with a cocktail offered by the German Book Centre, Polirom Publishing informs.
The first day of the festival will offer the public the chance to meet the writers Mircea Cartarescu and Paul Bailey (UK), brought once again to Romanian readers’ attention by the publication of the Romanian edition of his book “Uncle Rudolf” (Humanitas, 2010). The guests of the second day of the festival, allotted to short stories, will be Roman Simic (Croatia), a writer and the programme director of the prestigious European festival Short Story in Zagreb, Declan Meade (Ireland), editor of “The Stinging Fly” magazine and founder of the eponymous publishing house, and Romanian writer Lavinia Braniste.
Jean Mattern (France) – a writer known to a Romanian readership via the Romanian editions of his works (“Le bains de Kiraly” and “De lait et de miel”) and a successful editor at Gallimard – and Gheorghi Gospodinov (Bulgaria) – a major contemporary novelist, as well as a celebrated playwright and screenwriter, whose best-known book (“Natural Novel”) came out in Romanian at Cartier – are the guests of the third night of the festival. They will be joined by Adina Rosetti and Mihail Vakulovski.