Writer Mircea Cartarescu will be the guest of the Romanian Cultural Institute and of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm for an event organized on January 24, in partnership with the Albert Bonnier Publishing House.
According to a press release issued by ICR Stockholm, the topic of meeting is the launch of the Swedish translation of the book “Levant” in 2015. The translator is Inger Johansson.
On the stage of the Dramatic Theatre, Mircea Cartarescu will discuss with the reputed Swedish writer Magnus Florin, Head of the Literary Secretariat of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, and the discussion will be followed by the reading of a few excerpts from “Levant”, performed by actress Stina Ekblad, ICR Stockholm announced.
Adapted in prose in order to be translated more easily, the modern epic authored by Mircea Cartarescu was enthusiastically greeted by the Swedish press and appreciated as a “hymn dedicated to imagination and poetry” (SVT, the National Swedish Television), a “demonstration of poetry, imagination and history” (the Svenska Dagbladet daily paper), a “masterpiece” (Expressen daily paper), the press release announces.
The quoted source also pointed out that, at the launch of the Swedish translation of “Levant”, the daily paper Dagens Nyheter announced:
“It is fantastic that we may finally get a taste of this extraordinary song for freedom. Inger Johansson has made a wonderful translation, preserving the rhythm, sometimes the rhyme, as well as the luxurious images of the epic.
Mircea Cartarescu is well-known to the Swedish audience both as a poet and a prose writer. He is present in Swedish translation with no less than eight individual volumes, as well as with selections in various anthologies.
The writer’s books may be found, actually, in the collections of Sweden’s main libraries: the National (Royal) Library of Sweden, the Nobel Library of the Swedish Academy and the Municipal Academy of Stockholm offer their readers over 50 titles by the Romanian author, translated in Swedish, French, German and Norse, as well as the original versions in Romanian.
In the last few years, the Romanian author met the Swedish audience through projects initiated by ICR Stockholm in partnership with prestigious cultural institutions in Sweden. In the year 2013, when Romania was a honorary guest of the Book Fair in Goteborg, Mircea Cartarescu held the inauguration speech of the event.