Edward Hirsch and Norman Manea seek meaning in poetry

Two old friends, American poet Edward Hirsch and Norman Manea, the Romanian writer living in New York, met their readers on Saturday, the 4th of October, on the fourth day of the Iaşi Festival of Literature and Translation, within a debate about poetry, its role in society and the way it influences character, as the [...]


Mircea Cărtărescu: "I'm working on a book in which, more than ever before, my soul is being laid bare"

If I wanted to sell this article in a sensationalist manner, I could use one of the many statements made by Mircea Cărtărescu that at first sight would astonish his admirers and satisfy those who criticise him. “I’ve never written a novel,” “After I finished writing Blinding, I’ve only written in the minor register,” or  [...]


Herta Müller: "Had I not been writing, I would have woven all this sensibility into a pair of stockings"

Do we write in order to heal? Is literature a form of therapy? – asked Ion Vianu, writer and psychiatrist, at the third meeting of the FILIT evenings, the special guest of which was the Nobel Prize laureate Herta Müller. “The Hungarian novelist György Dragomán told me that when he was 13 or 14 he [...]

100 bottled poets

Elena Vlădăreanu is invaded by ladybugs while writing poetry. Emil Brumaru focuses on what he has always loved best – a woman. Unfortunately, this time it’s only a woman cut out of red paper. Ionel […]

Those who write amidst robots and empty cigarette packs

Ioan Stoleru

Georgi Gospodinov, Dumitru Crudu and Matei Florian, three writers from the ex-Soviet space, as the moderator, Bogdan Creţu, pointed out, sat around the same table yesterday during the “Writers in the centre” event. The […]

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German media praises FILIT again

The Iași International Festival for Literature and Translation (FILIT) continues to receive praise in the international media, more than six months after its first edition (23-27 October 2013) has ended. In the prestigious German weekly […]


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I’ve had a wonderful time so far at the festival. I’ve had a very big audience yesterday evening and a very enthusiastic audience and it’s the audience that makes the event I think. If you see them interested and if they’re enjoying themselves, then you project better. So it was a very happy evening. 
David Lodge
The festival is of the highest level, in my opinion. It is an event not just of our national cultural scene, but, as far as I can see, this is one of the largest if not the largest such festival in the East of Europe. It’s a great success.
Mircea Cărtărescu
I’m glad to be here, in the capital of our Moldavia. FILIT is a large-scale event, there are very many writers here, and I am here with my friend, a great American poet, Edward Hirsch, and both of us are enjoying your hospitality.
Norman Manea
I’m impressed this is the only second year of the festival and it seems – if somebody would told me that this festival had been going for ten years or twenty years I wouldn’t be surprised, because it seems to be very well organized.
James Meek
It’s incredibly dynamic and i’ve neve rseen so many people and we don’t have quite so many people in festivals in Britain. You’ve had a NObel prize winner here yesterday, it’s amazing, it’s great.
Patrick McGuinness