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Mircea Cartarescu
University Lecturer, Writer, Essayist and Literary Critic

Born: June 1, 1956, in Bucharest

Studies

  • 1963-1971 - Elementary School nr. 28, Bucharest
  • 1971-1975 - Dimitrie Cantemir High School, Bucharest
  • 1976-1980 - Faculty of Romanian Language and Literature, University of Bucharest
  • PhD

Career

  • 1980- 1989 - professor of Romanian Language and Literature at a General School in Bucharest
  • Employee at the Romanian Writers Union and editor at "Caiete critice" revue
  • Since 1991 - lecturer, Chair of the Romanian Literature History, Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest
    • Domains of specialization: Romanian literature, cultural studies
    • Domains of research: folk culture, post-modernism
    • Literary activity as a poet, novelist and literary critic
  • 1994-1995 - visiting professor, University of Amsterdam

Writing Activity

  • 1978 - debut in " România literara" magazine

Poems: 

  • "Faruri, vitrine, fotografii" (Headlights, Shop Windows, Photographs), Cartea Româneasca Publishing House, 1980
  • " Aer cu diamante" (Air & Diamonds), collective volume, Litera Publishing House, 1982
  • " Poeme de amor" (Love Poems), Cartea Româneasca Publishing House, 1983
  • "Totul" (Everything), Cartea Româneasca Publishing House, 1985
  • "Levantul" (Levant), Cartea Româneasca Publishing House 1990, Humanitas Publishing House 1998
  • "Dragostea" (Love), Humanitas Publishing House, 1994
  • Double CD (love poems), Humanitas Publishing House, 1998

Prose

  • " Desant '83" (Commando '83), collective volume, Cartea Româneasca Publishing House, 1983
  • " Visul" (Nostalgia), Cartea Româneasca Publishing House, 1989; French translation " Le Reve", Editions Climats, Paris, 1992
  • "Nostalgia", integral edition of the book "Visul", Humanitas Publishing House, 1993 (translated into French, German, Hungarian and Spanish)
  • "Travesti", Humanitas Publishing House, 1994 (translated into French, Dutch and Norwegian)
  • "Orbitor" (Dazzling), Humanitas Publishing House, 1996

Essays

  • " Visul chimeric" (The Chimerical Dream), a critical essay, "Litera" Publishing House, 1992
  • " Postmodernismul romanesc" (The Romanian Post-Modernism), "Humanitas" Publishing House, 1999

Other Writings

  • "Antologia poeziei gene", Vlasie Publishing House, Pitesti, 1995
  • Generatia '80 în proza scurta, Paralela 45 Publishing House, Pitesti, 1999

Translations of His Works

  • Le Ręve, Climats, Paris, 1992
  • El Sueńo, Seix Barral , Barcelona, 1992
  • Travesti, Meulenhoff,Amsterdam, 1994
  • Poetry at Annaghmakerrig, Dedalus, Dublin, 1994
  • Lulu, Austral, Paris, 1995
  • Sóvárgás, Jelenkor, Pécs, 1997
  • Nostalgia, Volk und Welt, Berlin, 1998
  • Travesti, Bok Vennen, Oslo, 1998
  • Orbitor, Denoël , Paris, 1999

International Participations

  • International Conferences, symposia and seminars
  • International Writers Program, Iowa City, USA, 1990
  • Seminar in Stuttgart for cultural studies, 1992
  • Conferences at the International Book Fairs in Frankfurt and Leipzig, Germany, 1997 and 1998
  • Conferences at the Central-European University in Budapest, Hungary, 1998 and 1999

Affiliations

  • Member of the Romanian Writers Union
  • Member of Pen Club, Romania
  • Member of ASPRO

Prizes and Awards

  • 1980 - Prize of the Romanian Writers Union for "Faruri, vitrine, fotografii" 
  • 1989 - Prize of the Romanian Academy for " Visul"
  • 1990, 1996, 1997 - "Flacara", "Ateneu" and "Cuvântul" Prizes
  • 1990 - Prize of the Romanian Writers Union for the book "Levantul" (Levant)
  • 1992 - French translation nominated for Medicis Prize and received „Prize of the Best Foreign Book" and Prize of the Union Latine, Paris
  • 1994 - Prize of the Romanian Writers Union for the book "Travesti"
  • 1994 - Prize of the Romanian Writers Union of the Republic of Moldova
  • 1994 - Prize ASPRO for "Travesti"
  • 1996 - Prize ASPRO for "Orbitor"

Foreign Languages

  • English (good), French (satisfactory)

Address

  • Private: 1, Nada Florilor St., Bl. 13, Apt. 42, Sector 2, Bucharest, Romania
  • Office: University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters, 68, Edgar Quinet St., Sector 1, Bucharest, Romania
 

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