Two Nobel Prize laureates for Literature attending FILIT 2017


The Iași International Festival of Literature and Translation (FILIT), taking place this year between the 4th and 8th of October, is announcing its fifth edition’s first guests: Svetlana Aleksievici, Nobel Prize laureate for literature in 2015, and Gao Xingjian, Nobel Prize laureate for literature in 2000. FILIT’s fifth edition brings forth many other new elements

Mircea Cărtărescu, the wizard writer with a blinding smile


Photo credit: Cristian Gafițescu Mircea Cărtărescu was, for almost two hours, David Blaine. Like a skilled magician, he managed to turn a sluggish audience consisting of high-school students into a room full of hypnotised people who couldn't get enough of his words. He made them go through all the trials that the souls

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 Ciupureanu snorts words, and Nora Iuga, at the ripe old age of 83, crawls around on all fours, with a

Care Santos: “Emotion is very important for me. I can forgive anything about a novel, except it leaving me unmoved”


Cătălina Dobroviceanu Photo credit: Ciprian Coldovan The "Caudella" Auditorium in the Balş House was not enough yesterday at 12.00h, when the Alecart meeting was due to start, hosting the writers Care Santos and Ioana Nicolaie. Aside from the students, the discussion also involved the writer Mircea Cărtărescu, and at the end, the audience

Those who write amidst robots and empty cigarette packs


Ioan Stoleru Photo credit: Claudiu Bârliba 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 authors, coming from Sofia, Chişinău and Bucharest,  talked about how they present the

David Lodge on the advantage of being deaf


David Lodge, at the National TheatreFoto credit: Adrian Purice "Nowadays I no longer travel to international conferences such as this one, but I agreed to come to Romania because I'd heard that my books were very popular here and I wanted to find out why," confessed David Lodge, one of the living classics of

FILIT is recruiting volunteers


The International Festival of Literature and Translation (FILIT) is recruiting volunteers for its second edition, that will take place between 1 – 5 October 2014. The people selected will work alongside the Festival’s team of organizers in the run-up to the event and during the event itself. We are looking for reliable and sociable persons, with the

FILIT 2014 has been launched: under the patronage of the European Commision, 5 days for celebrating literature and books


The highlights of the second edition of the Iași International Festival for Literature and Translation (FILIT) were announced today by the President of Iași County Council, Cristian Adomniței, the Rector of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Vasile Ișan, and the festival manager, director of the Iași Museum for Romanian Literature, Dan Lungu. For the first

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 “Der Freitag”, Markus Bauer describes FILIT as “an international event as neither the city (Iași), nor Romania has ever seen