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(The Russian Pen Center is an affiliate of the International Pen Club. This document, dated May 7, has been on the Russian-language Internet [Ежедневный журнал,]. No names are affixed to it.)

To speak the truth and create ideas is the professional and civic duty of the writing community, of writers and journalists. The soul instrument for creation of ideas and reflection of reality is the word.

Today the Russian regime is using the word to destroy ideas. And this is unquestionably a crime against culture. Continuare

New Europe Writers: Bucharest Tales – free online pdf

Press Release Bucharest, Friday 18 April 2014

Online Publication
Contemporary Literature Press,
under The University of Bucharest, in conjunction with The British Council, The Romanian Cultural Institute, and The Embassy of the Republic of Ireland,

Announces the publication of

New Europe Writers
Bucharest Tales
ISBN 978-606-8592-48-0

Edited by Lidia Vianu

Life behind the Curtain…

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. Continuare

Declaration in support of the pro-European option of the Ukrainian people

The PEN centers from Central-East Europe and the Balkan countries – members of the global writers’ association PEN INTERNATIONAL – express their solidarity with the Ukrainian people who are demonstrating these days in Kiev and in other cities in favor of the pro-European integration of their country. Among those demonstrating in the ”Euro wasteland” in Kiev are many writers, journalists, and creative people whose values of liberty and democracy we share. The place of Ukraine is undoubtedly in the European family, where it already belongs by virtue of its culture and age-old traditions.

On November 29, 2013, at the summit of the Eastern Partnership in Vilnius, the Republic of Moldavia and Georgia signed a covenant of association and free trade with the European Union. The Ukraine, which had previously initiated these negotiations, should have signed its own agreement of association with the EU at the same time. Unfortunately, it appears that the chances of a European integration of Ukraine have been hijacked by the interests of its leaders, as well as by pressures from Russia, which appears is ready to use any means, be they political, economic or military sanctions, in order to maintain the ex-Soviet republics in her sphere of influence. Continuare

Tarkovsky school film from 1958

Tarkovsky himself plays the client asking for sandwich. He whistles a song with a special story (one can read about it’s political problems in the begening of the film). Also, the film includes one of the first characters on screen by Vasily Shukshin, the latter famous novelist, actor and director. Continuare