|Press Release||Bucharest, Friday 18 April 2014|
under The University of Bucharest, in conjunction with The British Council, The Romanian Cultural Institute, and The Embassy of the Republic of Ireland,
New Europe Writers
Edited by Lidia Vianu
Contemporary Literature Press is publishing now a second volume in the series New Europe Writers. The first one was the three-language volume Warsaw Tales, which the graduate students of the MA Programme for the Translation of the Contemporary Literary Text translated into Romanian. It appeared in English, Romanian and Polish. Bucharest Tales, which becomes available to online readers now, was sub-edited, proofread, illustrated and partly translated into English by graduates of the same MA Programme.
The series New Europe Writers began in 2005, and already has five books: Tales from Warsaw, Prague, Bucharest, Budapest and Ljubljana. It was started by John a’Beckett (born in Australia, living in Warsaw), James G. Coon (born in the United States, having lived for ten years in Poland, currently located in Bangkok), and Andrew Fincham—English poet.
The aim of New Europe Writers—whose Facebook group totals no less than 700 writers from all over the world!—is to “capture the spirit of a united Europe”. Since our publishing house specializes in Joyce Lexicography, and is therefore highly interested in the European spirit and languages, we befriended NEW instantly.
John and Andy visited us in Bucharest when they were beginning to put Bucharest Tales together. The book we are publishing now is a collection of stories and poems about old and new Bucharest, written by Romanian writers of two generations, and by foreigners who have come to know Romania and its capital.
The five books NEW has published so far come to support the conviction that Europeans are bound to understand one another and stick together, like one big family. James Joyce himself would have enjoyed these five books “dedicated to the Travelling Reader”, to “life behind the Curtain”, written for a voyeur who is eager to peep in.
As collage is not a suitable medium to replicate a single detailed image, so this collection introduces tales to provide a taste of place, and a reason to look further into the extraordinary lands known as Romania. And there’s not a vampire to be found anywhere.
Texts by Florin Bican, Flavia Cosma, Dan Lungu, Adrian Păunescu, Igor Isakovski, Jo Anne Growney, David Hill, Sándor Kányádi, Doina Ruşti, ioan es. pop, Mike Ormsby, Grete Tartler, Stelian T ănase, Ioana Ieronim, Dan Dănilă, Mike Ormsby, Paul Sohar, Christopher Bakken, Ion Munteanu, Helena Drysdale, Carmen Firan, Călin Torsan, Denisa Comănescu, Jennifer Robertson, Andrew Fincham, Constantin Preda, Bogdan Suceavă, Simona Popescu, Mircea Cărtărescu, James G. Coon, Jennifer Robertson, Lucian Dan Teodorovici, Dan Mircea Cipariu, Raluca Rodica Rațiu, Nick Drake, Saviana Stănescu, A. Bo, Traian T. Coşovei, Oana – Raluca Răducanu and Ionel Riti
Bucharest Tales, edited by Lidia Vianu, is formally launched on Friday 18 April 2014. The volume is available for consultation and downloading on receipt of this Press Release, at the following internet address: http://editura.mttlc.ro/carti/Bucharest%20Tales.%20CLP%202014.pdf