Sebastian's Passions

14/04/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH

Already a star of Bucharest’s literary scene in the 1930s, Mihail Sebastian was killed at the age of 37 by an erratic Soviet military truck before the end of the Second World War, after years of clandestine living under a paradoxical fascist regime. Decades after his untimely death, Sebastian is rightly celebrated not only as an excellent writer, but also as the great moral diagnostician of a time of political madness and moral abandon.

We welcome the publication, by Penguin Classics, of one of his most salient books, ‘For Two Thousand Years’, with a conversation about Sebastian and his work with the celebrated philosopher, author and journalist Andrei Cornea and translator and writer Philip Ó Ceallaigh, along with Casiana Ioniţă, editor of the book.


The discussion will be followed by a concert offered by Forna Quartet, presenting a selection from the classical repertoire of Sebastian’s most beloved pieces. The programme includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.


When: Thursday 14 April, 7pm
Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square.

Free entry. Please book on Eventbrite.


Full programme of the Romanian presence at the London Book Fair.

The Romanian presence at the LBF 2016 is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute's National Book Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, with the support of the Romanian Embassy, Waterstones Piccadilly, the Romanian Publishers Association, Istros Books, Penguin Books and Profusion Books. The project is funded by the Romanian Cultural Institute.