Contemporary Literature Press, under The University of Bucharest, in conjunction with The British Council, The Romanian Cultural Institute, and The Writers’ Union of Romania, The National Museum of Romanian Literature announces the publication of The Future Has Been Fabulous So Far. This volume appears as a result of the
National Contest for the Translation of Romanian Poetry “Lidia Vianu Translates” 2020. The poetry anthology is translated into English by Lidia Vianu and Anne Stewart and it is edited by Lidia Vianu.
“…At the end of the competition for the translation of Romanian poetry entitled “Lidia Vianu Translates”, I announced a list of 43 winners instead of just one or two. A fellow writer emailed me angrily: “You have chosen unknown writers, they are all good for nothing!” I had announced beforehand that I would choose the poems which I would afterwards be able to translate… I would never take it upon myself to judge the quality of a writer. As we say in my country, “All Romanians are born to be poets”.
In just a few pages, the chosen poets bring to poetry the freshness of inetnse stories, lyricism, drama, humour, stream-of-consciousness. Together, these 43 winners make a wonderful book. I have ranged them from the youngest to the oldest because la valeur n’attend point le nombre des années. [Pierre Corneille, Le Cid, 1636.] Tempests of feeling and a wonderful je-m’en-fichisme –“I could not care less!” This short note is not a preface at all. It is an honest answer to that one voice that made me unhappy back then, when I announced the winners. I simply had to say this: I enjoyed every minute I spent on translating and editing this book. If any other voice ever accuses me again, I have learned learned my lesson –So what? Je m’en fiche royalment”, wrote Lidia Vianu.
The future has been fabulous so far is formally launched on Monday 27 June 2022. The book is available for consultation and downloading on receipt of this Press Release, at the following internet address.
The book on paper can be ordered at Editura Tracus Arte.