In 2005, New Europe Writers began a ten year project to capture the spirit of a united Europe.
Centered on a city, each volume presents essential contemporary writing from new and established authors that captures the vitality and variety of this dynamic place and time.
Bucharest Tales is the fourth of these anthologies, providing a panoramic insight into the Carpathian Garden and beyond:
Don't visit us without it!
This is the fourth annual collection of ‘Tales’ assembled from the writings of New Europe. It continues a wider project that seeks to quicken an interest in both traditions and cultures through the stories and poetry of those who have experienced the developments of the past two decades.
As in life, the anthologist learns lessons. This volume contains pieces old and new, by new and established writers; those who have spent a lifetime, a previous lifetime or merely part of their lives in the region now called Romania.
This pocket collection for the travelling reader appears at a time when there is something of a festival of contemporary Romanian Literature in English translation, as reflected in the rise of literary periodicals. The Editors would like to acknowledge with gratitude the courtesy and assistance forthcoming from Florin Bican of the Romanian Cultural Institute and Professor Lidia Vianu and her translators at Bucharest University. We are also indebted to the experienced advice of Jean Harris and Dan Cipariu.
As collage is not a suitable medium to replicate a single detailed image, so this collection introduces tales to provide a taste of place, and a reason to look further into the extraordinary lands known as Romania. And there’s not a vampire to be found anywhere.
(Or perhaps just one...)