Eugen Chirovici & Narcisa Suciu: An Evening of Chart-topping Fiction and Music

05/12/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

Internationally bestselling author Eugen Chirovici and eclectic musician Narcisa Suciu invite you to an evening of music and gripping conversations in Belgravia. The acclaimed author will be joined by writer, editor and arts critic Lucy Popescu, in a discussion about his page-turning thrillers ‘The Book of Mirrors’ (Century, 2017), one of the most translated literary works worldwide, and newly released ‘Bad Blood’ (Serpent’s Tail, 2018). The evening will conclude with a recital in the company of Narcisa Suciu, one of Romania’s most remarkable musicians who, throughout her career, has embraced a diversity of styles and genres. On this occasion, she will be delighting us with a selection of Christmas carols and songs. 

The event is part of the ‘Writers about Romania in the Centenary Year’ project, funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity. Organised by the Freedom Smile Association with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.

Eugen Chirovici was born to a family of Romanian, Hungarian, and German descent and grew up in Southern Transylvania, Romania. He graduated from Bucharest’s Academy of Economic Studies in 1988 and three years later joined the press as a financial reporter for The National Courier, a daily newspaper created immediately after the huge changes brought about by the Romanian Revolution against the communist regime. In the 1990s, he was a contributor to BBC Romania and Radio Free Europe, an adviser to the Prime Minister of Romania for a year in the early 2000s, and then an adviser to the Governor of the National Bank of Romania for another three years. As a writer, he published ten novels and five non-fiction books in Romania before moving to the UK in 2012, where he published two novels in English - ‘The Book of Mirrors’, a psychological thriller that aroused great interest around the world, being translated into thirty-nine languages, and ‘Bad Blood, released in July this year. At present, Eugen Chirovici currently resides in Belgium.

Narcisa Suciu was born in Baia Mare, Northern Romania. Between 1992-1995, she attended the courses of the Music Hall Faculty at the Ecological University in Bucharest and later, between 2005-2007, she studied Communication and Public Relations at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Known as "the golden voice of the Maramureș", Narcisa Suciu has embraced a diversity of styles and genres from folk to pop-rock. She is the winner of numerous awards and trophies including: The Golden Stag Award in Braşov (1997), the 2nd Prize at the Zrenjanin Festival in Yugoslavia (2001), The Best Female Voice in the Balkans at the Festival of the Three Seas in Varna (2003). In 1997, she sang in the opening of the extraordinary concert held by Joan Baez in Romania. 

Lucy Popescu is a writer, editor and arts critic with a background in human rights. She worked with the English Centre of PEN, the international association of writers for over 20 years and was Director of its Writers in Prison Committee from 1991 to 2006. Lucy reviews books for various publications including The Independent, The Financial Times, The TLS, Literary Review, New Humanist and Huffington Post. She has a particular interest in literary fiction in translation and free expression. She is a member of the Authors’ Club and on the judging panel for The Best First Novel Award. 'A Country of Refuge', an anthology of writing about asylum seekers compiled and edited by Lucy, was published in June 2016.

When: Wednesday 5 December 2018, 7pm
Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH

PLEASE NOTE: the conversation between Eugen Chirovici and Lucy Popescu will be in English, while Narcisa Suciu will perform a medley of songs in Romanian.

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