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“Monica Lovinescu” Days due this week in Iasi, Suceava and Falticeni

The eighth edition of the “Monica Lovinescu” Days is scheduled on November 19 and 20 in Iasi, Suceava and Falticeni. The event will also feature the National “Monica Lovinescu and Virgil Ierunca” Award.
According to a press release by Bucovina Library Manager Gabriel Carabus, on 19 November, a colloquium dedicated to Monica Lovinescu will be organized in Iasi, creating the opportunity of encounter for “various and distinguished voices of the literary and cultural world”, presenting their points of view regarding Monica Lovinescu’s activity as a writer, literary critic, radio journalist, translator, civic and ethical role model, well-known Romanian patriot and anticommunist dissident.
At the end of the colloquium, the “Monica Lovinescu and Virgil Ierunca” National Award will be announced, based on the decision of an international jury led, just like the years before, by Academy member Basarab Nicolescu (Paris), and including Dennis Deletant (Georgetown University), Al. Calinescu, Gheorghe Grigurcu, Tudorel Urian, Vladimir Tismaneanu (Maryland University), Antonio Patras, Doina Jela and Angela Furtuna.
The events held in Falticeni will include, on November 19, book exhibitions, presentations and debates, held at the “E. Lovinescu” Municipal Library as well as at the Falticeni Notable Persons Gallery, as well as a Te Deum at the Lovinesti Crypt, at the Gradini Cemetery of Falticeni.
In Suceava, on November 20, the Bucovina Library will host film screenings and newly-released documents, and, under the slogan “Monica Lovinescu: The Voice That Kept Romania Alive”, writer Angela Furtuna will lead a conference about news, as presented by the great Romanian journalist, Eugen Dimitriu will tell his memories about her and the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Art High School will organize a classical music recital.
“At a time when exercising, integrating and rescuing Romanian culture in the context of globalization, on one hand, and the birth of a new Cold War, on the other hand, are increasingly noticeable in Europe, the actuality of Monica Lovinescu and voices struggling for democracy, freedom and the acknowledgement of values in Romania is increasingly obvious. Year after year, the Monica Lovinescu Days became more than a school of thought and continuity for Romania’s collective memory; they are also the opportunity to exercise aesthetical speech, major culture, civic vocation, free criticism and lucid spirit”, the press release points out.

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