Poetry translated from the Romanian
This is a translation edition.
"The scope of Constantin Barbu's poem Abandonment of the Void—a ten-volume work written over many years—places it in the long poem genre similar to Ezra Pound's The Cantos and Charles Olsen's The Maximus Poems. Presented here in English translation from the original Romanian by Veronica Lungu is the fourth book subtitled MENTAL LANDSCAPES. Like T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, the tone of the poem is a little intimidating in that it focuses so relentlessly on the void. Thus, the poem represents a post-modern exploration of inner existential foreboding and distress." —Bill Wolak
Veronica Lungu was born in Craiova, Romania. She studied Journalism, English and French philology at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University in Bucharest. She is currently teaching English. Veronica has been a translator at several international poetry festivals and was a co-translator of several anthologies of the "Mihai Eminescu" International Poetry Festival. In 2019, she translated and published a bilingual edition of the poetry of Ion Deaconescu entitled THE LAST WING / ULTIMA ARIPII with Cross-cultural Communications (New York). Her passion from translating comes from a love for both the English language and literature in general. She also has a passion for the French language. She enjoys reading and writing, and some of her favorite authors include Albert Camus, Gabriel García Márquez, and Ernest Hemingway.
Constantin Barbu was born in 1954 in Romania. He graduated with a degree in philology from the University of Craiova. He received a scholarship from the French Government in 1977 from the University of Grenoble. He published his first article in the Romanian magazine Ramuri (1975), and then he published an essay in the magazine of the University of Craiova which was noticed by Constantin Noica, the greatest Romanian philosopher. Then he published his first book The Essential Uttering. This was followed by Essay About the Remembrance of the Human Being in 1985 at the Scrisul Românesc publishing house with a foreword by Marin Sorescu. Since then, he published more than 40 poetry books including: The Royal Illusion, The Elegies of Absence, Versions of the Void, The Destroyed Language, Book About Loneliness, and Madness and Death. In addition, he published more than 35 books of essays including: Unexistable Selfversion, Epékeina t ēs ousías, The Poetical Conversion, and The Change of the Rose. Some of his works were translated into Italian, French, Swedish and English. He edited 100 volumes on various topics. From 1990-1991, he was editor-in-chief of the magazine Scrisul Românesc, and afterward became a university lecturer at the University Ovidius in Constanta. From 2011 to present, he has been President and researcher of the Institute of History and Cantemirian Studies, The Christian University Dimitrie Cantemir in Bucharest. He is a member of the Académie Européenne des Sciences, des Arts, et des Lettres based in Paris and was awarded the Prize for Poetry from this Academy in Paris 25 January 2020.