Norman Manea on Life, Literature and Moral Dilemmas, Old and New / Feraru Conferences Online

Updated: Sep 30

The guest of the November 4, 2020 edition of our Feraru Conferences sries was novelist, essayist, and Bard College Professor Emeritus NORMAN MANEA, one of the most celebrated Romanian authors of the past decades and the indispensable moral compass in a world going astray. Looking back to a long and eventful life, the Holocaust survivor and best-seller writer shared, with the trademark ironical, unassuming wisdom, the findings of a lifetime search of truth, beauty, and justice. Enjoy watching!

Romanian-American writer Norman Manea is Francis Flournoy Professor Emeritus in European Studies and Culture and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College, New York. He is the author of a long series of novels, volumes of short fiction, and essays. Originally written in Romanian, the following titles are also available in English:The Hooligan’s Return (memoir, 2004),The Black Envelope (novel, 1995),Compulsory Happiness (novellas, 1993), October Eight o’Clock (short fiction, 1992), On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays, 1992). He was granted The National Jewish Book Award (1993), The New York Public Library Literary Lion Medal (1993), Nonino International Prize (2001), Napoli Prize for Fiction (2004), Prix Médicis Étranger (2006), Nelly Sachs Prize (2011), the FIL Prize for Latinity and the Carlos Fuentes Medal (2016). Norman Manea is a member of Berlin Academy of Art (Germany, 2006), The Royal Society of Literature (United Kingdom, 2011), and was awarded the title Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 2009).

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