Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2019

In Osteuropa 6-8/2019

A reflection of change
Literature and social upheaval in Romania

Markus Bauer

Deutsche Fassung


The Romanian literary scene is characterised by vibrant diversity. Writers such as Gabriela Adameşteanu, Mircea Cărtărescu and Norman Manea stand for a generation for whom experiences of repression, self-censorship and exile became central themes. Beyond the rigid structures of the Romanian writers’ association, with its alimentation system that remains in place today, literature always provided its own opportunities for criticising the system. At the turn of the millennium, a countermovement sprang up in the form of the Club 8, which brought young writers together and focussed on new issues. They wrote in a fresh, provocative and rebellious style. Currently, authors who are part of this movement, such as Lavinia Branişte, are attempting to portray the fundamental changes in Romanian life resulting from the post-revolutionary transition and globalisation.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2019, pp. 305–317)