The power of memory


18/12/2019 - 18/12/2019

The power of memory :: © Ioana Pârvulescu © DR/GR The power of memory :: © Mircea Cartarescu © Cosmin Bumbut The power of memory :: © Catalin Pavel © Marianne Hommersom The power of memory :: © Gabriela Adame?teanu © DR/GR

Exactly 30 years ago the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted from power. The Romanian writers Gabriela Adamesteanu, Mircea Cartarescu, Ioana Pârvulescu and Catalin Pavel were aged respectively 47, 33, 29 and 13 when in 1989 their country experienced this total revolution. Does the dictatorship live on in their novels and stories? An evening on the subject of the writer as a people's memory, moderated by journalist Pieter Stockmans.Gabriela Adame?teanu (1942) writes novels, short stories and essays as well as working as a translator and journalist. Her work draws heavily on biographical elements as she alternates between past and present and evokes her experiences in communist Romania. The French translations of her work are published by Gallimard in the prestigious Du monde entier collection. Ioana Pârvulescu (1960) is one of Romania's best-selling authors. Her novel Life Begins on Friday won the EU Prize for Literature. Her novels unfold in the 19th century, among members of the interbellum generation and under the communist regime in Romania.  Mircea Cartarescu (1956) is the most translated Romanian writer and one of the most important voices in Eastern Europe. Her partly autobiographical trilogy Orbitor reads like a chain of stories full of imagery and associations.  Catalin Pavel (1976) is not just a writer but also a doctor of archaeology. He has written four novels, including a parodying biography of the Flemish composer of polyphonic music Josquin des Prez.

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