Assembling a complete list of Romanian writers would be madness — way too long. No time. No space. This is only a sampling of authors dear to my heart, representing the old and new generations.
Mihai Eminescu, for his opus, Luceafarul (Evening Star), is at the top of the list.
So left the Evening Star. His wings/Grew large across the sky/ A thousand years of reach would spring/And at a wink go by.
Mircea Catarescu, with his work of art, Nostalgia — a collection of stunning stories ( find excerpt from Roulette Player here). His prose was translated into English and all major European languages — surely every writer’s dream. Presently he is an associate professor/lecturer at the University of Bucharest.
Marin Preda, with his powerful The Most Beloved Earthling. A writer among writers, unafraid to criticize or applaud as the times required it. He died soon after his book (a criticism of the system) was published.
Nichita Stanescu, the wonderful Nichita, with the incredible Wheel With a Single Spoke and Other Poems.
Tell me, if I ever caught you/ and kissed the arch of your foot/ wouldn’t you limp a little after that/ for fear of crushing my kiss?
Andrei Codrescu, who writes extensively about his life as an expat living in Paris, Rome, and the U.S., with works such as The Poetry Lesson and The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. He’s been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered since 1983.
And the one and only Herta Muller (Romanian-German), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, with The Hunger Angel (excerpt here) and Facts.
I’m not sure if Preda is translated (at least I couldn’t find anything), but the rest are.
I know time is precious and little of it left in the day. I don’t intend to lengthen your to-be-read list, although I’m sure their writing will move and charm you just as it moved and charmed me. Mainly, my intention is to share with you writers from a different culture.
~~~ Thank you, dear blogging friends. I hope to see you tomorrow for Universal Love.
Images: Nichita Stanescu: www.scrierile.com; all the rest: Wikimedia Commons.