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Polish and Romanian Carols
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Djuvara and Plesu published in Canada
Tue, October 30 , 2012
Norman Manea and Claudio Magris
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Romanian play in Washington Heights
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Matei Varga performs Chopin
October 1 - October 11 , 2012
Mungiu's BEYOND THE HILLS at NYFF
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Cristian Nemescu: Short Films
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Sanda Weigl concert at Joe's Pub
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Romanian Artists @ SFMOMA
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Vladimir Tismaneanu The Devil in History
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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu back in NYC
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4th Romanian Film Fest in Chicago
June 23 - August 20 , 2012
Vlad Agachi residency @ Tanglewood Music
Tue, June 19 , 2012
Norman Manea at National Arts Club
May 31 - July 27 , 2012
Works by Romanian artists@Lombard Fried
May 18 - May 26 , 2012
Sorescu: Jonah Interrupted in Buffalo
Tue, May 8 , 2012
Gianina Carbunariu's Kebab at Origin
May 5 - June 4 , 2012
Dumitru Gorzo's solo work at SLAG
May 4 - May 7 , 2012
Boar and Tinei at NADA New York
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Two Romanian Galleries in Frieze NYC
May 3 - May 7 , 2012
Romanian films in SEE Fest, Los Angeles
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Sasha Meret in Conference of the Birds
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Matei Varga and Linden String Quartet
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Our School in SEEFEST
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Andrei Serban and F. Murray Abraham
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Eastern European Culture@Queens Library
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Razvan Boar and Dumitru Gorzo at Volta
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February 23 - March 2 , 2012
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Catalin Dorian Florescu in NYC
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Our School at the Brattle Theatre
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Ionel Petroi's French Lessons
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February 10-12
Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Festival Neue Literatur NYC (New Literature Festival)

See complete schedule and event locations

Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be in English.

Free Admission

Romanian born Swiss author Cătălin Dorian Florescu at the Festival Neue Literatur in New York City



Award winning Romanian born writer Cătălin Dorian Florescu will be present at the Festival Neue Literatur (New Literature Festival) in New York City. The festival is organized in collaboration by the Austrian Cultural Forum, Deutsches Haus at Columbia University, Deutsches Haus at NYU, the German Book Office, the German Consulate, the Goethe-Institut NY, Pro Helvetia, and the Swiss Consulate. 

Between February 10 - 12, the festival brings six of the best up-and-coming German-language authors to New York, where they join well-known American writers in a series of conversations and readings. This year, for the third edition, along with Swiss-based Cătălin Dorian Florescu, the selected authors are Larissa Boehning (Germany), Monica Cantieni (Switzerland), Maja Haderlap (Austria), Inka Parei (Germany) and Linda Stift (Austria). They will be joined by American writers Francisco Goldman and Chris Adrian in the series of events presented in the framework of the festival.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit the event’s website. Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be in English, and are free and open to the public.

Cătălin Dorian Florescu, born in 1967 in Timisoara, Romania, fled with his parents to Zurich in 1982. He studied psychology and psychopathology at the University in Zurich, later working as a psychotherapist for drug addicts. Florescu published his first book in 2001. Since 2001 Florescu has written several essays, stories and novels and has received a number of literature prizes and scholarships, e.g. the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in 2002, the Anna Seghers Prize in 2003 and the 2012 Eichendorff Literary Award. His featured novel Jakob beschliesst zu lieben (Jacob decides to love) was shortlisted for the 2011 Swiss Book Prize.

Cătălin Dorian Florescu’s novel in the festival is Jakob beschliesst zu lieben (Jacob decides to love). The book tells the adventurous tale of Jacob Obertin, born in a Romanian village to Elsa Obertin, a wealthy landownder, and to Jakob, who marries her for her fortune and takes her name. Jacob is the narrator of this fast-paced family epic set between the end of the 1920s and early 1950s. But the story, which focuses on his troubled relationship with his father who disinherited him in favor of his illegitimate Romani half-brother, is combined with a three-century history of the Obertin family, tracing it back to the Thirty Years War. Romanian-born Florescu employs dense, fantastic and sometimes grotesque imagery to relate the fate of a clan whose hunger for land and power reflects the chaos and the harshness of Central European history.

Press selections:

“Cătălin Dorian Florescu ‘s new novel, Jacob Decides to Love, has catapulted him into the front rank of  German literature today.

There is hardly any other writer around who writes with such warmth, sensuality,  and power, whose voice is both relaxed and fearless, spanning the centuries, and who does not shrink from brutality and cruelty, nor from tenderness or nostalgia.  What a storyteller!” (Elke Heidenreich, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

“Without doubt Florescu is one of the great storytellers of his generation. “ (Saechsische Zeitung) 

“Florescu’s language is muscular, gripping, now and again downright archaic, and in a deliberate calculation bathes events, the further back in time they occur, in the light of a fairy-tale. Florescu is a great inventor of tales.“ (Die Tageszeitung)

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