Columbia University in the City of New York
Mircea Cărtărescu
Writer in Residence

Mircea Cărtărescu was born on 1 June 1956 in Bucharest, Romania. At present he is Professor Dr. Emeritus at the University of Bucharest (retired). He is a poet, novelist, literary critic, journalist, professor at the University of Bucharest, member of  the Romanian Writers’ Union, Romanian PEN and the European Cultural Parliament. He has published over 40 books and a large number of articles. Cărtărescu’s work has been translated into over 25 languages.

He has won most of the important Romanian literary prizes and over 20 international prizes. Some of the more important of these are The Dublin Literary Award (2024), The Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2023), The FIL Prize (2022), The Thomas Mann Prize (2018), The Austrian State Prize (2015), The Mondello Prize (2024), and the Formentor Prize (2018).

He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the universities of Constanța, Bacău, Cluj, Timișoara, of the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest, and the International University Menendez Pelayo in Santander, Spain.

“By turns wildly inventive, philosophical and lyrical, with passages of great beauty, Solenoid is the work of a major European writer who is still relatively little known to English-language readers…. Seán Cotter’s translation of the novel sets out to change that situation, capturing the lyrical precision of the original, thereby opening up Cărtărescu’s work to an entirely new readership.” Judges of the Dublin Literary Award (May 2024)
  Mircea Cărtărescu will teach the four-week course “Postmodernism vs. Tyranny: A Romanian Literary Revolution” in September-October 2024. Details to come.

Mircea Cărtărescu was born on 1 June 1956 in Bucharest, Romania. At present he is Professor Dr. Emeritus at the University of Bucharest (retired). He is a poet, novelist, literary critic, journalist, professor at the University of Bucharest, member of  the Romanian Writers’ Union, Romanian PEN and the European Cultural Parliament. He has published over 40 books and a large number of articles. Cărtărescu’s work has been translated into over 25 languages.

He has won most of the important Romanian literary prizes and over 20 international prizes. Some of the more important of these are The Dublin Literary Award (2024), The Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2023), The FIL Prize (2022), The Thomas Mann Prize (2018), The Austrian State Prize (2015), The Mondello Prize (2024), and the Formentor Prize (2018).

He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the universities of Constanța, Bacău, Cluj, Timișoara, of the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest, and the International University Menendez Pelayo in Santander, Spain.

“By turns wildly inventive, philosophical and lyrical, with passages of great beauty, Solenoid is the work of a major European writer who is still relatively little known to English-language readers…. Seán Cotter’s translation of the novel sets out to change that situation, capturing the lyrical precision of the original, thereby opening up Cărtărescu’s work to an entirely new readership.”

Judges of the Dublin Literary Award (May 2024)

 

Mircea Cărtărescu will teach the four-week course “Postmodernism vs. Tyranny: A Romanian Literary Revolution” in September-October 2024. Details to come.

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Contact Info

1232 International Affairs Building

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