Mircea Cărtărescu

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Mircea Cărtărescu (2003)

Mircea Cărtărescu , pronunciation ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a kərtəˈresku , (born June 1, 1956 in Bucharest ) is a Romanian writer.


Mircea Cărtărescu comes from a poor background and grew up in Bucharest. After studying philology and working for several years as a secondary school teacher, Cărtărescu worked as a lecturer for Romanian language and literature at the University of Bucharest. Until 1989 his literary preference was exclusively poetry. The volume of poetry Faruri, vitrine, fotografii (“headlights, shop windows, light images”) won him the award of the Romanian Writers' Union in 1980. Over the next twenty years, Cărtărescu published Poeme de amor (“Love poems”), Totul (“The Whole”), Levantul (“Levante”), Dragostea (“The Love”), Dublu CD (“Double CD”) and50 sonnets ("50 sonnets"). He himself considers the untranslated - and, as he says, untranslatable - verse epic Levantul to be his “best book”. Cărtărescu is now recognized in the West as one of the most important representatives of Romanian postmodernism .

After many years of working as a journalist for the most important literary journals in Romania, Cărtărescu made an important contribution as a literary critic to the discussion about the renewal of (Romanian) literature: his dissertation Postmodernismul românesc (“The Romanian Postmodernism”) is an analysis of the Romanian contemporary literature.

Since 1978 he has published volumes of poetry and short stories. The novel Die Wissenden , published in German in 2007, is the first part of a trilogy that is originally called Orbitor . The third part was published in Romania in autumn 2007.

In 2008 Suhrkamp also published his short stories “Why we love women”, the translation of the Romanian bestseller from 2005 ( De ce iubim femeile , Humanitas).

The House of World Cultures awarded Cărtărescu the International Literature Prize in 2012 for his novel The Body . With Der Körper , the author succeeded in creating a brilliant novel and linguistically electrifying work of art of rare intensity and luminosity. The self-exploration of the first-person narrator Mircea is becoming an exploration of the world and expands a literary networked thinking, bringing together the smallest and largest elements of existence, interweaving thinking and speaking in neural metaphors with the cosmos , judged the jury.

Works (selection)

Orbitor trilogy:

Awards, honors

Web links

Commons : Mircea Cărtărescu  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references, sources

  1. "The world is real poetry", Interview with Mircea Cartarescu, Cargo # 4 table of contents , 2009, p. 42
  2. ^ Dictionarul Scriitorilor Români, Ed. Fundatiei Culturale Române, Bucuresti, 1995, vol. 1, pp. 527-530
  3. Literature supplement of the Süddeutsche Zeitung November 20, 2007
  4. ^ House of the World of Cultures , accessed on May 23, 2012.
  5. zeit.de December 17, 2019 / Burkhard Müller : Review
  6. Awards: Spycher: Leuk Literature Prize to Mircea Cărtărescu and Michael Roes. In: boersenblatt.net. web.archive.org, June 24, 2013, archived from the original on May 2, 2014 ; accessed on November 25, 2019 .
  7. Mircea Cărtărescu was honored in Florence , boersenblatt.net, June 15, 2016, accessed on June 15, 2016
  8. Mircea Cartarescu receives Thomas Mann Prize 2018 ( Memento from February 13, 2018 in the Internet Archive )
  9. Premio Formentor for Mircea Cartarescu , boersenblatt.net, published and accessed on April 10, 2018