Cosmin Perța / Life Anew. Writers Imagine the World after the Pandemic II
In June 2020 we launched our first online literary program with a series of bilingual readings performed by some of the most important Romanian contemporary authors who imagined, in prose, essay or poetry, how the world would heal its wounds and begin again. While the end of the pandemic seems to be in sight, its afterlife is still the realm of imagination. So we have assembled another group of distinguished writers and have asked them to picture how life, ours and theirs, would look like when the virus is finally defeated.
The opening episode of "Life Anew"’s second edition, also created in partnership with the National Museum of the Romanian Literature in Bucharest, welcomes prominent poet, prose writer, essayist and editor COSMIN PERȚA, translated by Phoenixian ANDREW K. DAVIDSON, academic, translator and poet who now calls Bucharest his home.
COSMIN PERȚA was born in Maramureș, northern Romania, in 1982. He is a poet, prose writer, playwright, essayist, and editor. He studied Letters at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and received an MA in Contemporary Literature from Bucharest University. He got his doctoral degree at the same university with a thesis examining the fantastic in the East-European fiction. His poems have been translated into eleven languages and some of his novels are currently being translated into four languages. Cosmin Perța has been awarded some of the most prestigious Romanian literary prizes. He is the author of Arșița (The Heat), novel, Paralela 45 Publishing House, 2019; Cântec de leagăn pentru generația mea (Lullaby for My Generation), poetry, Paralela 45, 2018; În urmă nu mai e nimic (There Is Nothing Behind), novel, Polirom Publishing House, 2015; Vizita (The Visit), stories, Herg Benet Publishing House, Bucharest, 2013; Teofil și câinele de lemn (Teofil and the Wooden Dog), novel, Herg Benet, Bucharest, 2012; Stick a Nail in Saxophone, theatre, Driesch Verlag, Austria, 2012, among other titles.
Next authors in the series: Diana Bădica, Florina Ilis, Merlich Saia, Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu, Mihok Tamas, Chris Tănăsescu, Lucian-Dan Teodorovici, Tatiana Țîbuleac, and Răzvan Țupa.