The author shares his love of Romanian poetry with this new collection released by Dog Ear Publishing. Readers can explore the Romanian poetical tradition with this overview of translated works from various writers.
A literature and philosophy professor shares a new treasure trove of Romanian poetry with translations of work by Mihai Eminescu, George Coşbuc, Tudor Arghezi, Octavian Goga, Ion Minulescu, George Bacovia, Al. O. Teodoreanu, Lucian Blaga and Nicolae Labiş. This new book showcases these diverse contributors who range from the late 1880s to the mid-20th century, revealing a little-known literary tradition.
“Forgotten Words” presents poetry in rough chronological order, starting with Eminescu, who lived from 1850 to 1889. His moving poem “I Have One Longing Left…” features infinite sadness yet determination to die alone: “I leave no one the choice to cry at my forehand, but autumn may give voice to leafage deserted.” There are also two versions of the poem “Luceafărul” considered by some the greatest poem written in the Romanian language. Goga (1881 to 1938) offers the heartfelt “Songs II” and its stirring words: “I remain to weave in silence songs of mourning for the dead, holidays that come and go, and weekdays that never end.” A selection on the allure of solitude is expressed in “Longing” by Labiş (1935 to 1956): “It’s dark and bereft, this sense in my soul, but a burning flame calls me towards there.” A listing of the titles in their original language rounds out this tribute to great Romanian poets.
Author Vasile Munteanu, born in Romania, has been teaching literature and philosophy courses at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas and has published the novels “Godmaker” and “Chandala.” His poetry books include “Forgotten Words,” “The Book of Aloneness,” “The Book of Remembrance,” “The Book of Intentions” and “The Book of Insistence.” Munteanu earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from Oakland University in Michigan and a Ph.D. in philosophy, interpretation and culture from State University of New York at Binghamton.
For additional information, please visit www.VMunteanu.net.
Forgotten Words: Translations from the Romanian
ISBN: 978-1-4575-0953-7 144 pages $40 US
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