Norman Manea in conversation with Paul Bailey

Born in Romania in 1936, Norman Manea was deported with his family in 1941 to Transnistria, a concentration camp in the Ukraine. He returned to Romania after the war, and remained there until Ceausescu’s dictatorship forced him to leave the country in 1986. His fiction and essays, translated into more than twenty languages, have been garlanded with prizes. The Hooligan’s Return (2003), a novelistic memoir encompassing eighty years from the Thirties, through the Second World War, Communism and post Communism, won the Prix Médiicis Etranger. With novelist and broadcaster Paul Bailey, Manea discusses his life and work, his ‘exile before and after exile’, and his political and cultural preoccupations.

This event is organized in association with the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Recorded on Wednesday 30 March 2011.

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