Mircea Cărtărescu

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Mircea Cărtărescu
Mircea cartarescu by cosmin bumbutz.jpg
Bucharest 2003
Born (1956-06-01) 1 June 1956 (age 60)
Bucharest, Romania
Occupation Poet, novelist, essayist, journalist, professor
Period 1978 – present
Literary movement 80s Generation, Blue Jeans Generation, Postmodernism

Mircea Cărtărescu (Romanian pronunciation: [mirˈt͡ʃe̯a kərtəˈresku]; born 1 June 1956) is a Romanian poet, novelist and essayist.

Biography[edit]

Born in Bucharest, he graduated from the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Letters, Department of Romanian Language And Literature, in 1980. Between 1980 and 1989 he worked as a Romanian language teacher, and then he worked at the Writers Union and as an editor at the Caiete Critice magazine. In 1991 he became a lecturer at the Chair of Romanian Literary History, part of the University of Bucharest Faculty of Letters. As of 2010, he is an associate professor.[1] Between 1994–1995 he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.

Works[edit]

His debut as a writer was in 1978 in România Literară magazine.

Poetry[edit]

  • Faruri, vitrine, fotografii..., ("Headlights, shop windows, photographs...") Cartea Românească, 1980 – Writers Union Prize, 1980
  • Poeme de amor ("Love Poems"), Cartea Românească, 1982.
  • Totul ("Everything"), Cartea Românească, 1984.
  • Levantul (The Levant), Cartea Românească, 1990 – Writers Union Prize, 1990, republished by Humanitas in 1998.
  • Dragostea ("Love"), Humanitas, 1994.
  • 50 de sonete de Mircea Cărtărescu cu cincizeci de desene de Tudor Jebeleanu ("50 Sonnets by Mircea Cărtărescu With Fifty Drawings by Tudor Jebeleanu"), Brumar, 2003

Prose[edit]

Essays[edit]

  • Visul chimeric (subteranele poeziei eminesciene) ("Chimerical Dream – The Underground of Eminescu's Poetry"), Litera, 1991
  • Postmodernismul românesc ("Romanian postmodernism"), Ph.D. thesis, Humanitas, 1999
  • Pururi tânăr, înfăşurat în pixeli ("Forever young, wrapped up in pixels"), Humanitas, 2003
  • Baroane! ("You Baron!"), Humanitas, 2005

Audiobooks[edit]

  • Parfumul aspru al ficţiunii ("The Rough Fragrance of Fiction"), Humanitas, 2003

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 1980 Romanian Writers' Union Prize
  • 1989 Romanian Academy's Prize
  • 1990 Romanian Writer's Unions Prize, Flacăra magazine Prize, Ateneu magazine Prize, Tomis magazine Prize, Cuvântul magazine Prize
  • 1992 Le Rêve nominee for: Prix Mèdicis, Prix Union Latine, Le meilleur livre étranger
  • 1994 Romanian Writer's Union Prize, ASPRO Prize, Moldavian Writers' Union Prize
  • 1996 ASPRO Prize, Flacăra magazine Prize, Ateneu magazine Prize, Tomis magazine Prize, Cuvântul magazine Prize
  • 1997 Flacăra magazine Prize, Ateneu magazine Prize, Tomis magazine Prize, Cuvântul magazine Prize
  • 1999 Orbitor's French translation nominee for Prix Union Latine
  • 2000 Romanian Writers Association Prize
  • 2002 ASPRO Prize, AER Prize
  • 2006 Grand Officer of the Cultural Merit Order (Ordinul "Meritul cultural" în grad de mare ofiţer), awarded by Romanian Presidency
  • 2011 Vilenica Prize
  • 2012: International literatur prize „Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2012”, Berlin [2]
  • 2013: Spycher – Literary Prize Leuk, Switzerland[3]
  • 2013: Grand Prix of the Novi Sad International Poetry Festival[4]
  • 2014 Best Translated Book Award, shortlisted for Blinding, translated from the Romanian into English by Sean Cotter [5]
  • 2014 Premio Euskadi de Plata to the Best Book of 2014 for Las Bellas Extranjeras (Frumoasele străine), translated from the Romanian into Spanish by Marian Ochoa de Eribe (Editorial Impedimenta)
  • 2015 Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding for Blinding [6]
  • 2015 Austrian State Prize for European Literature [7]
  • 2016 Premio Gregor von Rezzori for Blinding [8]

Presence in anthologies[edit]

Testament – Anthology of Modern Romanian Verse (1850–2015) second edition – bilingual version English/Romanian. Daniel Ionita – editor and principal translator, with Eva Foster, Daniel Reynaud and Rochelle Bews. Minerva Publishing House. Bucharest 2015. ISBN 978-973-21-1006-5

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.unibuc.ro/ro/catd_flclr_ro
  2. ^ "Mircea Cărtărescu premiat la Berlin" (in Romanian). Retrieved June 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Mircea Cărtărescu a câștigat Spycher – Literaturpreis Leuk în Elveția" (in Romanian). Gândul. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Premiu elveţian pentru Mircea Cărtărescu" (in Romanian). Retrieved November 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ Chad W. Post (April 14, 2014). "2014 Best Translated Book Awards: Fiction Finalists". Three Percent. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Cartarescu wins Leipzig Book Award for 'universal' novel | Books | DW.COM | 11.03.2015". DW.COM. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  7. ^ "Mircea Cartarescu won the Austrian State Prize for European Literature | Nine O`Clock". www.nineoclock.ro. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  8. ^ "2016 Winner". Festival degli Scrittori - Premio Gregor von Rezzori. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 

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