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Happy International Translation Day! - 01 October 2016

 translated books

A growing list of English translations at Profusion

This is an announcement relaunching our list of translated books which have been published recently. They consist of popular novels and non fiction, augmented by one important European classic and this list represents a new push into the market for Central and East European fiction.

In the last few years a number of commercial opportunities have opened up for these books. Firstly, the growing population of East European readers have had little or no attention in the market, and while academics and others are able to find various classic texts in (a few) specialist libraries, there has been little or nothing available to the growing band of schoolchildren, learners of English and casual readers. Secondly, there is an increasing interest among genre readers who might wish to expand their knowledge of European fiction in their particular field. Finally, there has been a growing attention to books which can illuminate the personality of various European nationalities, especially in Scandanavia and the East.  

When we started publishing under the name Profusion, in 2011, our aim was to bring aspects of East European literary culture, hitherto unknown in Britain, to the attention of the reading public. This was because most publications from the region were, more or less, “highbrow”, while popular stories and genres such as crime fiction tended to go unnoticed. Our list of books and authors is therefore a factor in increasing knowledge throughout Europe about the life and prospects of ordinary men and women in the region.

Profusion list:
“Report on the State of Loneliness” by Augustin Buzura
“Attack in the Library” by George Arion
“Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest” by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru
“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” by Liviu Antonesei
“Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman” by Stelian Turlea
“Kill the General” by Bogdan Hrib
“Anatomical Clues” by Oana Stoica-Mujea

All Profusion books are available in paperback from Profusion.org.uk and Amazon.co.uk , as well as Kindle e-books. Books are available in Romania as well, from ‘Anthony Frost’ English bookshop in Bucharest (www.anthonyfrost.ro). Books can also be purchased by cheque. Send an e-mail at mail@profusion.org.uk for details.

 

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Now on the shelf at Owl Bookshop - 07 September 2016

Now on the shelf at Owl Bookshop, 207-209 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2JU
"Report on the State of Loneliness" by Augustin Buzura

 

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Profusion Books launches first translation in English of Augustin Buzura’s “Report on the State of Loneliness” - 28 April 2016

Profusion Books launched the first translation in English of Augustin Buzura’s “Report on the State of Loneliness”, on 18 April 2016 in London, at Level39, Canary Wharf, with the kind support of Sir George Iacobescu.

Augustin Buzura is one of the best-loved and respected Romanian authors, with a career as a journalist, novelist, and cultural manager spanning more than fifty years, and “Report on the State of Loneliness” is his first novel published in the United Kingdom.

The book was introduced by Dr Mike Phillips OBE, Profusion director, accompanied by his fellow director, Ramona Mitrica, who told the audience about the days when, as a young graduate, she worked as Buzura’s assistant. Due to health issues, the author himself was unable to travel to London, but his daughter Ada Buzura, who came in his place, spoke affectingly, about his reputation, his work and about growing up in a ‘house of whispers’.

Distinguished London based Romanian actors, Annamaria Marinca (Meg Mathias in the Welsh TV drama Hinterland), and Gabriel Constantin (Monsieur Philippe in the forthcoming TV series Victoria), then read extracts from the book. Among the guests were Sir George Iacobescu CBE, CEO of Canary Wharf, architect Serban Cantacuzino CBE and poet Alan Brownjohn FRSL.

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“Report on the State of Loneliness”
Paperback, 520 pages
Profusion (London, April 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867643; ISBN-10: 0956867642
Translated from the Romanian by Ramona Mitrica, Mike Phillips and Mihai Risnoveanu

The book is on sale from Profusion http://bit.ly/1XOvvti or Amazon http://amzn.to/1SqqKlZ

Buzura is the pre-eminent novelist of contemporary Romanian writing, publishing several novels, editing magazines and engaging in literary tours and partnerships during a period from 1963 to the present day. Throughout those years he was engaged in a number of dangerous and difficult confrontations with the authorities, and after 1989, his confrontations with official opinion continued, morphing into passionate satires on the state of his region throughout its history. The novel “Report on the State of Loneliness” (Raport asupra singurătății) is a series of interlocking stories about the last hundred years of Transylvanian history, interspersed with the author’s reflections on identity and the approach of death. In part a lively political satire, in part a meditation on his own life, in part a passionate exploration of Balkan history, Report is a fascinating and illuminating read.

For information, send an e-mail to mail@profusion.org.uk 
www.profusion.org.uk


 PROFUSION  Canary Wharf Group  Level 39

 

 

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The Profusion Scholarship Scheme: - 02 December 2015

We are happy to announce the winner of the 2015 Profusion Scholarship, which is awarded every year during the Romanian Film Festival. The aim of the Profusion scholarship is to contribute to the development of emerging film makers with a Romanian background. It promotes films based on the diasporic experience and encourages the development of young film makers from the diaspora. The first scholarships were awarded to the young Romanian cinematographer Simona Susnea (2013), and to London-based Romanian film maker Maria Chiriac (2014).

The 2015 winner is Cristian Havrincea, a documentary filmmaker and camera journalist who graduated MA Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths College (2013) and BA (Hons) Media Studies from the University of West London (2012). He has recently directed and produced Nobody’s People, a short documentary which represents the Park Lane homeless phenomenon outside of the usual stereotypes. As a UK resident for more than a decade, Cristian’s focus mainly has depicted the challenges faced by those who were trying to build a new life away from their home countries. Through his work in film and for different media outlets from around the world, Cristian has always been a great promoter of Romanian values.

The Profusion Scholarship Scheme is run by Profusion International, the organisers of The Romanian Film Festival in London (RFF). Profusion is an independent organisation, a small group of passionate and dedicated individuals committed to providing an amazing display of Romanian films in the UK. RFF is a not- for-profit enterprise, functioning with the help of grants and sponsorship from numerous friends and supporters.

The 2015 Profusion Scholarship is funded in partnership with Lebara Play, the new entertainment service from Lebara.

Film fans can get 50% discount on their first month’s subscription to Lebara Play. Watch recent blockbusters including De ce eu?*, alongside movie classics such as Nea Marin Miliardar and Mihai Viteazul, streamed in HD-quality to your smartphone, computer or tablet.

Subscription packages start from £4.99. Visit https://play.lebara.com for more details.

Download the Lebara Play app for free from iTunes App Store and Google Play.

*UK premiere during the Romanian Film Festival in London

Friday 4 Dec: Why Me ?/ De ce eu?

Q&A with actress Andreea Vasile

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We're very proud to share our 2015 festival trailer - 21 November 2015

 https://vimeo.com/rofilmfest/unfinishedhistories Unfinished Histories: The 12th Romanian Film Festival in London

Mon 30 Nov – Sun 6 Dec 2015 Tickets Curzon Soho: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff Bookings EBRD Connected event: http://www.ebrd.com/news/events/morometii-film-screening.html  

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“MOROMETII” - Romanian classic film starring Victor Rebengiuc - 18 November 2015

As part of the Romanian Film Festival in London, you are cordially invited to a showing of “Morometii” (“The Moromete Family” – 1988), a film adaptation of a modern classic of Romanian literature. This is the tale of a peasant family between the wars whose way of life will be doomed by the onslaught of WWII and the imposition of communism. Romanian stage and screen actor Victor Rebengiuc will attend and participate in a Q&A session with the audience after the film. 

Tea and coffee will be served from 17.00 in advance of the film which will begin punctually at 18.00 in the Auditorium. Afterwards, there will be time for a brief discussion with Mr. Rebengiuc, followed by a reception. 

When
Monday 30 November 2015 

Where
EBRD, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN

Admission is free. EBRD staff members need not register; external guests will though have to register online by Thursday 26 November. 

Register for your FREE ticket here: 
http://www.ebrd.com/news/events/morometii-film-screening.html 

Please note that all guests must bring a form of identification and may be subject to a random bag search.
For more information about the EBRD events, including how to get to the venue, please see our FAQs

The Romanian Film Festival in London is organised by Profusion International Creative Consultancy, in partnership with The National Centre of Cinematography in Romania and Curzon Cinemas.
Supported by The Department for Romanians Abroad (DPRRP), The Romanian Filmmakers Union (UCIN), Levenes Solicitors, EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), ROMANi-ONLiNE.co.uk, Albinuta.co.uk, Blue Air, TibTrans and Traduceri Autorizate.


www.rofilmfest.com ; Tel. +44 (0)7787134047; E-mail: press@rofilmfest.com

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Curzon Cinemas Magazine (Nov-Dec 2015) - 09 November 2015

Curzon Cinemas Magazine (Nov-Dec 2015)

Curzon Cinemas Magazine (Nov-Dec 2015) showing an excellent spread dedicated to the 12th Romanian Film Festival in London
Booking lines are now open: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff

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RFF is back! - 20 October 2015

 

UNFINISHED HISTORIES:
The 12th Romanian Film Festival in London
  Mon 30 Nov - Sun 6 Dec 2015

Screenings will take place at:

• Curzon Soho (99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY) between Thu 3 - Sun 6 December 2015

• EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN) on Mon 30 November 2015

The Romanian Film Festival in London is organised by Profusion International Creative Consultancy, in partnership with The National Centre of Cinematography in Romania and Curzon Cinemas. Supported by The Department for Romanians Abroad (DPRRP), The Romanian Filmmaker’s Union (UCIN), Levenes Solicitors, EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), ROMANi-ONLiNE.co.uk

 
Save the dates! Join the festival Facebook page http://facebook.com/RoFilmFest for some great news, competitions and prizes, your chance to meet the top actors and directors invited, and more!

FULL PROGRAMME TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
www.rofilmfest.com; Tel. +44 (0)7787134047; E-mail:press@rofilmfest.com

 

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Mike Ripley about ‘Greuceanu-Novel With A Policeman’ in Shotsmag: - 05 April 2015
 Greuceanu-Novel With A Policeman

Fairy Tale

“Until recently my knowledge of Romania was limited to the time when under Imperial Rome it was known as Felix Dacia – or ‘Happy Dacia’, though I suspect the epithet ‘happy’ applied more to the Roman rulers than the local population.

However, I think I have more than trebled my understanding of modern Romania thanks to a fairy tale in the form of a crime novel. In fact Greuceanu-Novel With A Policeman, now smoothly translated and published here by Profusion Gold, is author Stelian Turlea’s re-working of a classic Romanian fairy tale, transposing the story of ogres and damsels-in-distress to a small provincial town in the grip of diamond-smuggling gangsters.

As in all the best fairy tales, the brave hero (in this case a humble policeman rather than a Prince Charming) defeats the baddies and gets the girl and although it’s a happy ending, Stelian Turlea doesn’t pull his punches when it comes to describing the grim side of a modern Romania still suffering a hangover from a ruthless socialist dictatorship and now enjoying the benefits of capitalist organised crime.

I am sure I will have missed most of the direct analogies to present-day Romanian politics and culture, but the editors wisely provide some fascinating footnotes, from which I learned a lot, including a few useful words in Romanian. I will make a point the next the subject of the Ottoman Empire crops up in polite conversation to slip in the word ‘sictir’ (from the Turkish ‘sikdir’) just to see what reaction I get.”

http://www.shotsmag.co.uk/column_view.aspx?COLUMNIST_ID=1

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Cu Ramona Mitrică la Digi24 TV - 23 February 2015

Ramona Mitrică la Digi24 TV, povestind despre Festivalul de Film Românesc de la Londra (www.rofilmfest.com) și despre cărțile românești traduse în limba engleză și publicate la Editura Profusion (www.profusion.org.uk). 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc0PW1sN3Aw

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