31 octobre 2009

Happy Hallowe'en!

Check out how they celebrate Hallowe'en in Manhattan!
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30 octobre 2009

Nelly Sachs

My discovery of Roumanian-German poets has been fascinating so far: Herta Muller, Oscar Pastior, Paul Celan. Celan led me to Nelly Sachs, who wasn't Roumanian at all, but pure German...and Jewish, so I veer off course for a post, simply because I cannot help it. Her story touched me very much and I would like to share it with you. Perhaps it is no different from that of many German Jews born and growing up in the pre-war era, her fear like anyone's in her position...and yet she became a Nobel prize for Literature winner in 1966... [Lire la suite]
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28 octobre 2009

Theatre Night!

Bravo, bravo, city of my heart! White Night at the Theatre! What a fantastic idea. Click here for the programme of what's on where, curtesy of Nine O'Clock. You're pretty much spoiled for choice though I would be pulled between the Comedy Theatre with Malaele's "I Am Blind" because I love him so much and adore the poetry of Nichita Stanescu, and the National as "The Clouds" is such a great play, directed by Dan Tudor. It is an enigma to me. How can such a city offer cultural ideas with one hand and then allow... [Lire la suite]
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26 octobre 2009

One thing remained - language.

Dear Everyone, Nothing can tear me away from the texts of Herta Muller. What an incredible writer she is. How very scarred and tortured are her thoughts, how cruel her past and how courageous her determination and drive. The very fact that she is alive today is nothing short of miraculous. I know she annoyed the Roumanian authorities with her openness, her frankness. As a result, she was scandalously tainted with lies and slurs on her reputation that many people continue to believe even today, so many years on. Perhaps she brought it... [Lire la suite]
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25 octobre 2009

The glass walls of a gallery

This from The Diplomat: Something in the air Storm the palace! Raid the prison! Burn down the disco! Revolution is stirring at the Unicredit Pavilion At the time of writing Romania’s streets are not yet packed with striking judges, teachers and doctors looting the malls of Bucharest, as they scramble for food and clothes that they cannot afford due to their breadline salaries and a collapsing local currency. Nevertheless the threat of protests and over-reaction by security forces is now a global worry, triggering art space... [Lire la suite]
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23 octobre 2009

Cathedral Plaza - Telenovelo Extraordinarâ

Today in Nine O'Clock: Oprescu calls on “Millenium” to stop building Cathedral Plaza'Yesterday, the mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu, announced that he had summoned the company Millenium Building Development SRL to stop work at the controversial Cathedral Plaza at once which is being carried out near St. Joseph Catholic Cathedral. Oprescu said that he had submitted two requests to the Civil Section of Bucharest Tribunal calling Millenium company to court and establishing the absolute nullity of the resolutions of Bucharest General... [Lire la suite]
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18 octobre 2009

The colour of laughter under greyness of communism

On this Sunday morning in my dear Hamden, an excellent article from Spiegel got me hunting for old jokes I remember from Rutzi and Milla of the infamously silly Graf Bobby (Count Bobby in English) and his best friend Baron Rudi, the daft anecdotes so popular in Bucharest during WW2 and the early 1950's. Here are a few gems just for you. Please bear in mind the general atmosphere in E.Europe at this time, particularly in Roumania, from whence I first heard these fabulously idiotic side-splitters, so remeniscent of our Paddy cracks: ... [Lire la suite]
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18 octobre 2009

Brasov strikes again

From Nine O'Clock: Musica Coronensis Festival at Brasov The bell of the tower from Piata Sfatului will toll again on Saturday, after over 50 years. The event is part of a music festival organized by the Evangelical Church from Romania, Brasov Parish and the Embassy of Germany in Bucharest. published in issue 4539 page 12 at 2009-10-16 According to the director of Brasov History Museum, Radu Stefanescu, the ceremony of the “Forgotten Bell,” which dates from the year 1690, begins on Saturday, at 11.45 h., when five musicians... [Lire la suite]
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14 octobre 2009

Oskar Pastior

Oskar Pastior(1927-2006) was born in Sibiu, Roumania, speaking the out-moded German of his fore-fathers. He said that he had this multilingualism to thank not only for the insights it gave him into the possibilities of writing, but above all the associated "relativisation of normative thinking". In 1945 he was deported to a Soviet Labor Camp in the Ukraine after the Red Army took control of Roumania; he spent five years there as part of Roumania’s reparation for having sided with Hitler. This experience, he says, provided... [Lire la suite]
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14 octobre 2009

another article on Herta Muller

From evz.ro, another marvellous article on Herta Muller.
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