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

The smouldering conflict between translators and printers


After a meeting with the writers gathered in Iaşi for FILIT and with the readers who were curious to see what their work consisted of, the translators retired to the Dosoftei Memorial House in order to try to understand how to access European funding for the translation of books into Romanian, through the Creative Europe

Guillermo Arriaga has a gallon of ink, which he uses parsimoniously


by Ioan Stoleru Last evening's event was one of the liveliest experiences played out on the stage of the Iaşi National Theatre. A guest of the FILIT evenings, Guillermo Arriaga spoke about literature and film, talked about hunting wild boars using just a knife, reminisced about meeting Quentin Tarantino, told dirty jokes and confessed he