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DEPARTMENT OF EUROPEAN STUDIES AND MODERN LANGUAGESMEMORY HISTORY AND IDENTITY RESEARCH GROUP
‘Growing up in Ceausescu’s Romania’: childhood memory and the quest for the self. An evening of poetry and prose and a discussion with award-winning author
Writer in Residence in the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages
Carmen-Francesca Banciu was born in Lipova, Romania, and grew up as the daughter of a high-ranking Communist Party official. When she won the International Short Story Prize of the city of Arnsberg, Germany, in 1985, this achievement prompted a publication ban in Romania. After the fall of communism, she moved to Berlin, where she has since written a number of important prose works engaging with her childhood in Ceausescu’s Romania. Her poetry and prose relentlessly exposes the emotional cruelties inflicted by the discipline and obedience demanded in a household of party loyal parents, but her tone is never self-pitying or lamenting. On the contrary, her writing is deeply moving, often funny, and her search for a self always buoyed by critical self-awareness and witty self-irony. Carmen writes in German, but her work has been translated and widely published in the United States and in France.
The evening will be chaired by Renate Rechtien and Sonja Altmüller.
Friday 12 March 2010, 17.15 – 19.05 8W 2.27
[join us in the Claverton bar afterwards]