Romanian writers awarded abroad

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Romanian-born writer and poet Matei Visniec was awarded the “Jean Monnet” prize within the “Littératures Européennes” festival in Cognac, southern France.matei_visniec2

Visniec received the prestigious award for his novel “Merchant of Novel’s Beginnings” published in French at Jacqueline Chambon publishing house.

The Romanian-born writer will be awarded the prize on November 19 within the “Littératures européennes” festival.

At the same time, another Romanian writers, Mircea Cartarescu, recently awarded the Gregor von Rezzori prize, is also finalist of the most coveted Strega Prize 2016. His famous “Orbitor. Corpul/ Blinding. The Body” novel was also published in Italian last year by the Voland publishing house and it has been now shortlisted for the Premio Strega Europa, according to the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR).mircea-cartarescu1Mircea Cartarescu will be in Rome on July 5 where he is invited at the 15th edition of the Literature Festival running here between June 14-July 14, iromeni.com informs.

The Romanian author will read excerpts from his novel at Basilic di Massenzio on July 6, starting 9 p.m. The reading will illustrate the topic of the festival this year “Memory”.

The other finalists will do the same, while in the end the winner will be designated. The other finalists are French Annie, Scottish Kerry Hudson, Spanish Ricardo Menéndez Salmón and German Ralf Rothmann.

The Strega Prize was first awarded in 2014 for promoting the contemporary original novelists. The EUR 3,000-prize selects only foreign authors whose works had been translated into Italian.

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