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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. - 12 February 2015

Dear Friends,

We’re writing to inform you about our growing list of English translations at Profusion publishing house.

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.

The founders and directors of Profusion areMike Phillips and Ramona Mitrica. Ramona is a former Romanian diplomat, now a British citizen and based in London. Mike is an English novelist and screenwriter, whose publications include “Windrush: the irresistible rise of multi-racial Britain”(HarperCollins), the BBC TV series “Blood Rights”, adapted from his novel of the same name, and, more recently, the true crime story, “Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest”.


If interested, please find the Profusion list below. You can order our books through Amazon, Gardners, Bertrams, or through the Profusion web site directly:
www.profusion.org.uk For any further details, please write to us on mail@profusion.org.uk
All our books are available in paperback, as well as Kindle e-books. Books are available in Romania as well, from “Anthony Frost English Bookshop” in Bucharest (
www.anthonyfrost.ro).

Enjoy the read! Many thanks,
Ramona Mitrica and Mike Phillips,
Profusion Directors  

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Profusion list:

Profusion Crime Series – Fiction, Non-Fiction, 2011-2012:
“Attack in the Library” by George Arion
“Kill the General” by Bogdan Hrib
“Anatomical Clues” by Oana Stoica-Mujea
“Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest” by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru

Profusion Gold Series – Fiction, 2014-2015:
“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” by Liviu Antonesei
“Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman” by Stelian Turlea
“Report on the State of Loneliness” by Augustin Buzura (coming soon)

“Attack in the Library” by George Arion, one of the classic narratives of Romanian crime fiction, was written during the dictatorship of the 1980s in the finest Noir tradition. “I loved this book. Dry, snappy, absurdist wit... the colossal, surreal stupidity of totalitarianism.” (Patrick McGuinness - author, The Last Hundred Days - Man Booker Prize Longlist)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867612

“Kill the General” by Bogdan Hrib, an exciting and suspenseful thriller, takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the last decades in Romanian history. “...a good read offering an insight into a country that remains mysterious to many of us.” (Julian Cole - The Press, York)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867605

“Anatomical Clues” by Oana Stoica-Mujea features Iolanda, a crime-fighting heroine unique in the landscape of Romanian literature: mad, bad and dangerous to know. “...a gripping tale, which, like Iolanda, will creep into your head and stay there.” (Mike Phillips - author, CWA Silver Dagger winner)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867629

“Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest” by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru is a social review of Romania in the ‘70s, with a serial killer’s story as a central focus. “... a fascinating read that frames a factual account of the crimes within their social environment, while examining their impact on the culture, and their lingering legacy in the present day.” (George Nott - Enfield INDEPENDENT)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867636

“Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman” by Stelian Turlea
With the unerring instinct of a popular children’s author, Turlea locates, in GREUCEANU, one of the major Pan-European issues in contemporary times, the problem of organised crime. Turlea’s villains are not moustachioed banditos. Instead they are the brothers and sisters of gangsters in every European city centre, and playing as he does with the characters of the town, he explores a number of insights into the role of organised crime in post-Accession civic life. Greuceanu is a young policeman, at the bottom of the ladder. By chance, he gets rid of one of the feared gangsters, whose brothers and their wives come after him.
ISBN-13: 978-0956867667

“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” by Liviu Antonesei
“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” is Liviu Antonesei's latest collection of short stories, which track the experiences of a Romanian intellectual in the years since the political upheavals in his country and the surrounding region. They make for an exciting, insightful and provocative read about the events happening right now in Eastern Europe... These seductive short stories are an ingenious merger of simple life, essay, diary and reportage.
ISBN-13: 978-0956867650

“Report on the State of Loneliness” by Augustin Buzura
A deeply reflexive meditation on the history of Doctor Cassian, from the Second World War to contemporary times in Romania, told through the experiences of a panoply of characters and events. In counterpoint, the novel details the reflections of a young woman, Mara, and her relationship with the doctor.
The book explores, in depth, the Romanian landscape over more than 70 years, subtly locating the history of a myriad of individuals and events within their broader European context, as well as describing the conflicts and opportunities of the post-Accession generation. It is an important contribution to broadening European understanding of a little known history and culture.
ISBN-13: 978-0956867643

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GREUCEANU – NOVEL WITH A POLICEMAN by Stelian Turlea - 15 January 2015

Available NOW on Kindle. Paperback out soon.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S977JI2
£2.99; Profusion (London, 2015); ISBN-13: 978-0956867667
Translated from the Romanian by Ramona Mitrica, Mike Phillips and Mihai Risnoveanu

“Writer and philosopher Stelian Turlea based his crime fiction GREUCEANU on a well-known Romanian fairytale, in which the eponymous hero battles with a number of Zmei [ogres], to bring back to the skies the sun which they had stolen. The novel transposes the fairytale to the reality of a provincial town which has been taken over by gangsters, now the town's masters. Greuceanu is a young policeman, at the bottom of the ladder. By chance, he gets rid of one of the feared gangsters, whose brothers and their wives come after him.

With the unerring instinct of a popular children’s author, Turlea locates, in GREUCEANU, one of the major Pan-European issues in contemporary times, the problem of organised crime. Turlea’s villains are not moustachioed banditos. Instead they are the brothers and sisters of gangsters in every European city centre, and playing as he does with the characters of the town, he explores a number of insights into the role of organised crime in post-Accession civic life.” 
(Mike Phillips, CWA Silver Dagger winner and author of Rîmaru - Butcher of Bucharest)

Greuceanu - Novel with a Policeman is Stelian Turlea’s first novel published in English. Published originally in Romanian as “GREUCEANU – roman (cu un) politist” (Crime Scene Publishing, 2010).

About the author
Born in January 1946, Stelian Turlea studied Philology (1968) and Philosophy (1976) in Bucharest. For nearly three decades, he has been editor on external affairs (“Lumea” magazine). After 1989, he coordinated “Lumea”, “Zig-Zag”, and “Meridian” magazines, and worked in television as Head of Antena 1 News Department. He has been working for ProTV since 1996 and, since 2000, he has been a senior editor for “Ziarul de duminică”.

He is the author of eighteen novels, ten books on journalism, nine books for children and two translations. He has coordinated six photo albums (a three-volume album about Bucharest during the reign of Carol I; other albums are: The public works during the reign of Carol I; The Palace of the Patriarchy; The Royal Palace; B.N.R. – Chronicle of the Old Palace Restoration; The Financial-Banking, Historical Centre of Bucharest).

He received the Writers’ Union Award for Children's Literature (2003), the Romanian Editors’ Association Award for Children's Literature (2005), the Writers’ Union Special Award (2006) and the Bucharest Writers’ Association Award (2007), Flacăra Prize for Literature (2011). He was nominated for the Writers’ Union Award for Children's Literature in 2000 and the AER Novel Award in 2003.

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PROFUSION GOLD SERIES – Fiction, 2014-2015
Stelian Turlea - GREUCEANU – Novel with a Policeman
Liviu Antonesei - The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia
Augustin Buzura - Report on the State of Loneliness
Series Editor: Mike Phillips
Published by Profusion International Creative Consultancy
www.profusion.org.uk

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Profusion At Christmas - 01 December 2014

Liviu aAtonesei

Profusion delivers a new book in English. The perfect gift for Christmas! An exclusive collection of 11 beautiful short stories from master story teller Liviu Antonesei.

‘The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia’ is Liviu's latest collection of short stories, which track the experiences of a Romanian intellectual in the years since the political upheavals in his country and the surrounding region. They make for an exciting, insightful and provocative read about the events happening right now in Eastern Europe....

“a high, wide, floating flight over the dark romantic forests, over the wide Rhine plains, making a detour over the Masurian Lakes beyond the borders and then aiming South, towards Krakow. There I was again, in the city of my holidays...”

Make this Christmas the magical space where you join Liviu Antonesei in the beautiful excitement of his European dream. Happy Christmas!


THE INNOCENT AND COLLATERAL VICTIMS OF A BLOODY WAR WITH RUSSIA
by Liviu Antonesei
OUT NOW on Kindle and in paperback!

Paperback £7.99; http://amzn.to/1rHeAOc
Kindle £2.99; http://amzn.to/ZlJqOs
ISBN-13: 978-0956867650
Translated from the Romanian by Mihai Risnoveanu, Mike Phillips and Ramona Mitrica


PROFUSION GOLD SERIES - Fiction
Liviu Antonesei – ‘The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia’, short stories
Coming in 2015:
Stelian Țurlea – ‘Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman’, novel
Augustin Buzura – ‘Report on the State of Loneliness’, novel
Series Editor: Mike Phillips
www.profusion.org.uk
 

 

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Liverpool – Bucharest and Bacau, new direct flights - 21 November 2014


As of December 15, 2014, Blue Air will operate a direct flight from Liverpool to Bucharest.

Starting with March 31, 2015, flights from Liverpool to Bacau will be available.

Tickets are already available for both routes, at prices starting from* £26.55, so book your trips in advance!

Book your tickets now on www.blueairweb.com, through the Call Centres or our partner agencies.

*price per flight segment, taxes included, limited seats
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RFF announces Opening and Closing Films: CLOSER TO THE MOON and FOREST OF THE HANGED - 15 October 2014

Romanian Film Festival

RFF announces Opening and Closing Films: CLOSER TO THE MOON and FOREST OF THE HANGED
Both events promise to be extraordinary and astonishing. You have to be there! To secure you VIP seats in advance, please choose one of the Perks on offer. For details, please visit our indiegogo campaign page http://igg.me/at/romanianfilmfestival

The 11th Romanian Film Festival (RFF) in London, which takes place between 13 – 16 November 2014, has announced that it will open with the spectacular, flamboyant, beautifully shot CLOSER TO THE MOON, directed by Nae Caranfil (Asfalt Tango, Filantropica). CLOSER TO THE MOON was filmed in English with an international cast, and offers its own solution to the mystery at the heart of the story. The following Q&A promises to be electric as Nae Caranfil, the director of this extraordinary historical reconstruction, explores with the audience the meaning of the story for the Romania of the 1950s.
The festival will close with the highly acclaimed 1964 classic First World War memoir, FOREST OF THE HANGED, directed by Liviu Ciulei (Valurile Dunarii – Danube’s Waves, O scrisoare pierduta – A Lost Letter). Lead actor Victor Rebengiuc will be present to help celebrate the occasion, in an amazing moment of reunion with his long term partner Mariana Mihut. Victor and Mariana met on the set of FOREST OF THE HANGED, 50 years ago, and now they will come together, after the movie, to discuss the history associated with this classic narrative. FOREST OF THE HANGED became the first Romanian film to achieve wide international recognition: Best Director in Cannes 1965.
CLOSER TO THE MOON will take place on Thursday 13 November, 6.15pm at Curzon Soho in London, while FOREST OF THE HANGED will take place on Sunday 16 November, 4.45pm, also the same cinema. Tickets will go on sale at Curzon Soho later this month.
For news, check #romanianfilm on Twitter

www.rofilmfest.com
press@rofilmfest.com
Facebook.com/RoFilmFest
Find us on Twitter @RomanianFilmLDN
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http://igg.me/at/romanianfilmfestival

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Thanks to VICTOR REBENGIUC – star of East European cinema for more than fifty years. - 12 October 2014

VICTOR REBENGIUC

The Romanian Film Festival in London campaign has taken off with a magnificent contribution from the Romanian star of stage and screen Victor Rebengiuc.
Many thanks to our best friend and hero. Your classic movie, Forest of the Hanged, is now fifty years old and we will have the greatest pleasure in sharing your performance with you and with a new audience in London.
Perks: No reward would be enough for contribution and your presence, but, when you get here, we'll see what we can do. Mulțumim, Victor.
Signed: The Romanian Film Festival Team
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Festivalul de Film Românesc de la Londra, ediţia a 11-a - 28 September 2014

Festivalul de Film Romanesc de la Londra 2014

ÎNCEPUT  DE  CAPITOL

13 – 16 noiembrie 2014, Curzon Soho (99 Shaftesbury Avenue, Londra, W1D 5DY)
www.rofilmfest.com
Festivalul de Film Românesc de la Londra (FFR) prezintă în fiecare an, la un cinematograf londonez de top, o selecție a celor mai incitante filme românești. Programul evenimentelor va fi anunţat la mijlocul lunii octombrie.

Festivalul de Film Românesc este unul dintre evenimentele culturale majore ale comunității româneşti din Marea Britanie. În ultimii zece ani festivalul s-a desfășurat exclusiv la Londra. Acum, la cea de-a 11-a ediție, dorim să organizăm câteva proiecții și în afara Londrei, mai precis la Edinburgh, Liverpool și Brighton. Pentru a realiza aceste proiecții suplimentare avem nevoie de ajutorul dumneavoastră în campania de strângere de fonduri. Cei care aveți posibilitatea să faceți o mică donație, orice sumă începând cu £1, ne puteți contacta aici http://igg.me/at/romanianfilmfestival până la data de 23 octombrie. Vă mulțumim foarte mult!

Festivalul a fost întotdeauna un mijloc important de a transmite un mesaj pozitiv despre România. Considerat un prilej de celebrare a culturii române, FFR este o iniţiativă non-profit, sprijintă din punct de vedere financiar de granturi şi sponsorizări primite de la prieteni şi susţinători. FFR este organizat de Profusion International Creative Consultancy, în parteneriat cu Centrul Naţional al Cinematografiei din România şi Cinematografele Curzon din Londra.
Rezervaţi-vă în agenda zilele de festival pentru sărbătoarea filmului românesc! Accesaţi pagina de Facebook a festivalului http://Facebook.com/RoFilmFest pentru ştiri de ultimă oră, concursuri şi premii, şansa de a întâlni actorii şi regizorii invitaţi şi multe altele!

 

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Help the Romanian Film Festival in London expand to Edinburgh, Liverpool and Brighton - 26 September 2014

ROMANIAN FILM NEEDS YOU on Indiegogo

 

The 11th Romanian Film Festival in London: Breaking New Ground
13 - 16 November 2014,
www.rofilmfest.com

ROMANIAN FILM NEEDS YOU on Indiegogo

Hello, everyone.
The Romanian Film Festival is back! And this time we mean to be bigger and travel outside London to Edinburgh, Liverpool and Brighton.
 
You have been supporting us since 2003, for ten editions in which we showcased Romanian contemporary cinema, as well as rarely seen classics. Film-makers and actors from the Romanian film industry attended the screenings, Q&As, panels and special events, and many of you had the chance to meet them at our receptions.

RFF 2014 will take place from the 13th to the16th November in London, and – with your kind support – the London showings will be followed for the first time by screenings outside the capital: in Edinburgh, Liverpool and Brighton. The Festival is at a crucial time in its development and what can be more exciting than bringing the joy of pitch-perfect cinema to new audiences?

For details, please visit our campaign page

We promise to bring, as usual, new releases, talented artists, hot debates with film experts and critics, rare classics from Romania to the UK. Special events, galas, conversations and industry events will complement the screenings, continuing the tradition of the festival as a joyful celebration of Romanian cinema. Award-winning filmmakers and actors will join the festival to enter into a dialogue with the audiences. Details of the festival program and participating guests will be available mid October. Stay tuned for updates through our Indiegogo campaign.

We are an independent organisation, a small group of passionate and dedicated individuals committed to providing an amazing display of Romanian films in the UK. Without sponsors and donations (and your attendance at the festival), RFF would be unable to do all this.

HOW CAN YOU HELP RFF?
There are numerous ways you can help RFFthroughout the year.
But the most immediate way you can help is to
donate to this campaign -, and to share it on your Blogs and Web sites, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ etc.

Contribute - No contribution is too small. With every pound we move a step closer to realizing our goal of evolving from a small independent festival, that is purely a labour of love, to a stable, enduring cultural foundation for the public.

To find out more about how your money will be spent, and what perks are available as a recognition of your kind contribution, please visit our campaign page at http://igg.me/at/romanianfilmfestival

We are Breaking New Ground with you!
 
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Romanian Film Festival in London
Tel. +44 7456 542570
E-mail: press@rofilmfest.com

 

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Romanian Crime Fiction Featured in Euro Noir - 19 September 2014

Romanian Crime Fiction Featured in Euro Noir

In the last decade Scandinavian crime fiction has dominated the European market for translations into English of stories about crime. Justifiably so, because there are some remarkable writers working in the genre. On the other hand, during the last few years translations from other languages have come into focus. Translations from Italian, French, Spanish and German have already commanded attention for some time, and in recent years we have seen the emergence of East European work. Romanian writers, largely through the agency of new publishers, Profusion, are the latest to burst into the market.

Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film & TV is a bibliography and collection of essays about crime fiction writing in Europe. Compiled by Barry Forshaw, a prominent critic of crime fiction, it follows his best selling work on British crime fiction, and features the best writers in the genre throughout Europe. The section on Romania lists the Profusion writers, George Arion (Attack in the Library), Bogdan Hrib (Kill the General) and Oana Stoica-Mujea (Anatomical Clues). This chapter is no mere listing. Instead, it describes the books in some detail, and goes on to mention the non-fiction work Rimaru, Butcher of Bucharest by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru. The section winds up with interviews from authors Mike Phillips and Bogdan Hrib. It is true that occasional Romanian authors, writing about the dictatorship, have been bestsellers, especially in the USA. On the other hand, this chapter in Euro Noir is about stories which represent day to day life. Popular Romanian writing has never attracted such attention in the UK market before now, and this is a breakthrough.

Euro Noir is available on Amazon – Paperback & Kindle edition

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1843442450/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_asp_TSzOH.04QN8BC


 

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Romanian Film Festival 2014 - Day 1 - 26 July 2014

28 November 2013, 6.30pm, Curzon Soho
‘JAPANESE DOG' - UK Premiere
Director: Tudor Jurgiu
Special guest: actor extraordinaire Victor Rebengiuc


The Romanian Film Festival in London (RFF) is an annual celebration of Romanian culture, a unique opportunity to enjoy a showcase of Romania's most exciting new films. RFF is organised by Profusion International.
See you in November 2014 for the 11th Romanian Film Festival in London!

Tags: 2013, Day1, Rebengiuc
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