Literature

Literature

The events pass, the books are here to stay. For RCI London, the promotion of Romanian literature is a perennial priority. Most of our editorial projects are carried out with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute’s National Book Centre in Bucharest. The goal is to publish the best in Romanian literature and with the best publishing houses.

At the same time, we work to increase the circulation of Romanian names among the British reading public through Romanian events at major British literary festivals, book fairs such as the London International Book Fair. We organize readings, talks, book launches and publish extracts in literary magazines. Major partners include the Royal Society of Literature, British Library, Poet in the City, Waterstones Piccadilly and the European Bookshop in London. 

'The Morometes' by Marin Preda - Excerpts from the 1957 English edition

'The Morometes' by Marin Preda - Excerpts from the 1957 English edition

Excerpts from the 1957 English edition of the novel, translated by N. Mişu and published by The Foreign Languages Publishing House, Bucharest.   This publication is part of the Romanian Cultural Institute’s "The Morometes 60: The Jubilee of a Masterpiece" programme, London, 10 June – 9 July 2015. The...

17/06/2015 - 01/01/2020
Gellu Naum, The Incendiary Wanderer: an anthology

Gellu Naum, The Incendiary Wanderer: an anthology

The e-book comprises excerpts from Gellu Naum, Athanor and Other Pohems, translated by MARGENTO and Martin Woodside, New York: Calypso Editions, 2013 andVasco da Gama şi alte poheme. Vasco da Gama and Other Pohems, translated with an introduction by Alistair Ian Blyth, Bucharest: Humanitas, 2007. The selection also comprises...

29/10/2015 - 29/10/2050

Events archive

A Romanian Poetic Trio for Ledbury Festival

A Romanian Poetic Trio for Ledbury Festival

As the summer kicks in, three of Romania’s most exciting women poets – Ana Blandiana, Magda Cârneci and Svetlana Cârstean – join translator Viorica Pâtea for a special event curated by British author Fiona Sampson MBE at the prestigious Ledbury Poetry Festival, the biggest of its kind in the...

01/07/2017 @ Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1DW
Benjamin Fondane: The Existential Ulysses

Benjamin Fondane: The Existential Ulysses

B. Fundoianu / Benjamin Fondane, the Jewish Romanian poet turned French philosopher, is this year’s focus of the Romanian programme at the London Book Fair. With a poetic reputation well established in the literary avant-gardes of interwar Romania, Fundoianu moved to Paris where he was known as Benjamin Fondane, a redoubtable...

15/03/2017 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Encounters: New Romanian Books in English

Encounters: New Romanian Books in English

The latest Romanian books in English are presented in a special event hosted by Waterstones Piccadilly, the flagship bookshop set in the heart of London. The event brings together authors Gabriela Adameşteanu ('The Encounter', Dalkey Archive Press, 2016), Alexandru Vakulovski ('The Review of Contemporary...

14/03/2017 @ Waterstones Piccadilly, London W1J9HD
'Eternity Ceaselessly Before Us': Romania at the London Book Fair 2017

'Eternity Ceaselessly Before Us': Romania at the London Book Fair 2017

For a decade this year, Romania has been a constant presence at the London Book Fair through programmes showcasing the vibrancy of a diverse literature. This year’s participation, translated into a series of illuminating events, ranging from book launches and dialogues to theatre and exhibitions, honours the legacy of poet and philosopher...

14 - 16/03/2017 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Romanian Books for the Brent Library

Romanian Books for the Brent Library

We celebrate Romania’s National Culture Day with the official opening of the Romanian Section at Willesden Green Library in Brent, London’s borough which hosts the biggest Romanian community in the UK. Made possible by a generous donation offered by the National Library of Romania, the section comprises a wide selection of Romanian books in...

14/01/2017 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Shakespeare According to Volceanov

Shakespeare According to Volceanov

Visionary translator and editor George Volceanov, the driving force behind Romania’s most ambitious Shakespeare translation project in decades, joins an international creative ensemble gathered in Norwich to mark 400 years since The Bard's death. On 8 December, at the Writers’ Centre Norwich, George Volceanov together with...

08 - 11/12/2016 @ Writers’ Centre Norwich & University of East Anglia
A 'Poem' for the Romanian Verse

A 'Poem' for the Romanian Verse

We are pleased to be hosting the launch of the latest issue of Poem magazine, whose September-December double edition published by Routledge is entirely focused on Romanian verse. Featuring names that make up centuries of Romanian poetry, this true anthology, developed by  renowned English poet Fiona Sampson, abounds in new works, superbly...

29/11/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Prize-Winning Claudiu Florian Joins the Euro Stars

Prize-Winning Claudiu Florian Joins the Euro Stars

Romanian novelists and diplomat Claudiu Florian, this year’s revelation at the European Union Literature Prize, reflects on arts and international politics in a troubled time in the company of British author and translator Tim Parks, French novelist Antoine Laurain and British writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh. The event...

28/09/2016 @ Waterstones Piccadilly, London W1J9HD
G.M. Cantacuzino: The Architecture of Dignity

G.M. Cantacuzino: The Architecture of Dignity

George Matei Cantacuzino, the multi-faceted Romanian architect, painter and author, is celebrated at the Romanian Cultural Institute through a kaleidoscopic event that aims at remembering one of the greatest cultural figures of antebellum Romania. The evening will be opened by the launch of Ion Mihai Cantacuzino’s 'A Prince Among...

05/07/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
London Reads Ioana Pârvulescu

London Reads Ioana Pârvulescu

Following her participation at the 2014 edition of the London Book Fair, acclaimed cultural historian and novelist Ioana Pârvulescu meets her British readers in two special events celebrating the English publication of her 2013 EU Literature Prize winning novel ‘Life Begins on Friday’ by Istros Books. On the evening of 23...

23 - 24/06/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH; British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
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