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
Euro Stars: European Fiction in the UK – In or Out? An Evening of Readings and Lively Debate.

Euro Stars: European Fiction in the UK – In or Out? An Evening of Readings and Lively Debate.

How will the reception of international literature in the UK be affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU? Romanian diplomat and European Union Literature Prize winning author Claudiu Florian joins British author, translator and Italophile Tim Parks, French novelist Antoine Laurain and British writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh, for...

28/09/2016 @ Waterstones Piccadilly, London W1J9HD

Events archive

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
Poet Ioan Es. Pop Through the Poetry Periscope

Poet Ioan Es. Pop Through the Poetry Periscope

In May this year, Romanian poet Ioan Es. Pop, whose work has been widely published in the UK not only as part of various anthologies but also through his acclaimed collection 'No Way out of Hadesburg and other Poems' (University of Plymouth Press, 2010) makes his comeback on Britain’s literary scene at the prestigious European...

03/05/2016 @ British Library Piazza, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Sebastian's Passions

Sebastian's Passions

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...

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

Eliade after Eliade

One of the greatest names of Romanian culture and a seminal historian of religions, Mircea Eliade is this year’s focus of the Romanian programme at the London Book Fair. Original and encyclopaedic, regarded as a Renaissance-like character in the range of his scientific and artistic ambitions, the great writer was one of the most...

13/04/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Angels, Adolescents and Trucks: New Romanian Books in English

Angels, Adolescents and Trucks: New Romanian Books in English

The latest Romanian books in English are presented in a special event hosted by Waterstones Piccadilly, the flagship London bookshop and the biggest bookstore in Europe. The event brings together authors Ruxandra Cesereanu (‘Angelus’, Lavender Ink) and Dumitru Ṭepeneag (‘The Bulgarian Truck’, Dalkey Archive Press),...

12/04/2016 @ Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J9HD
BOOKS that OPEN THE SKIES: Romania at the London Book Fair 2016

BOOKS that OPEN THE SKIES: Romania at the London Book Fair 2016

The Romanian presence at the London Book Fair, now in its 9th year, is a celebration of the vitality and richness of Romania’s literary scene through a kaleidoscopic programme that unfolds at our stand at Olympia Exhibition Centre as well as at the Romanian Cultural Institute (1 Belgrave Square) and Waterstones Bookshop on...

12 - 14/04/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH
Women in the Arts: A Celebration of Feminine Creativity

Women in the Arts: A Celebration of Feminine Creativity

On International Women’s Day, we honour the feminine presence in the arts through an evening of poetry and music. English poet Fiona Sampson has worked with the Romanian composer Luminița Spînu, the English radio producer Emma Harding and the Romanian poet Ioana Ieronim to produce two books of poetry, 'Volta' in Romanian...

08/03/2016 @ Romanian Cultural Institute
The Tragicomic Condition: An Evening with Matei Vişniec

The Tragicomic Condition: An Evening with Matei Vişniec

Join us for the launch of Matei Vişniec's 'How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients and Other Plays', the first anthology in English of the Romanian theatre's most prolific and revered contemporary playwright.  'How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients and Other Plays', a...

10/12/2015 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH
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