Wed 07 March 2012

Ester Naomi Perquin writes citybook 'Bucharest - A One-Person Travel Pack'

© Christian BinderIn November 2011, the Romanian cultural organization Asociatia Heritage offered residencies to Dutch poet Ester Naomi Perquin and Flemish journalist and author Anna Luyten. During their stay, both writers immersed themselves in the most and least attractive aspects of Bucharest. The project’s local authors were eager to lend a hand: screenwriter Răzvan Radulescu and doctoral student and author Adrian Schiop keenly presented their favourite sides of the city, as did semi-local author Jaap Faber, who has spent the last few years living in Bucharest. Beauty, ugliness and revolution are all waiting to be discovered in the work of Christian Binder, photographer for citybooks Bucharest.

Ester Naomi Perquin © Marianne HommersomEster Naomi Perquin’s account, titled Bucharest – A One-Person Travel Pack, recently appeared as a prepublication in Tirade. The original Dutch language version is now also available online to read and listen to on the citybooks website, and the English translation is available as webtext and e-book. From April the citybook will also be published in French and Romanian.

The original Romanian version of Adrian Schiop’s citybook Travesti is already online, and is currently being translated into French by Jan H. Mysjkin. This poet and translator has already translated a number of texts for deBuren, and in October 2011 was awarded the translator’s prize at the Festival International Poesis te Satu Mare in Romania. On the 15th of March he’ll present his work as part of the Donderdagen van de Poezië (Poetry Thursdays) initiative in Antwerpen.


Photo: Christian Binder



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