Edited by A.K. Brackob
Illustrated by Ioana Lupușoru
This new edition of poems and prose by Mihai Eminescu commemorates the 130th anniversary of the death of Romania’s national poet. This book includes a selection of the best English-language renditions of poems and prose by this remarkable cultural figure of the nineteenth century, whom the British writer George Bernard Shaw once referred to as “the Moldavian who raised the XVIII-XIX fin de siècle from its grave.”
It is undeniable that to have an appreciation of Romanian culture one must become acquainted with the works of Mihai Eminescu. The leading cultural figure of nineteenth century Romania, Eminescu (1850-1889) was not only a poet, but also a philosopher, prose writer, translator, and journalist. He is best seen as a man who embodied the national culture and, therefore, through his work, helped to give it shape. In this respect Eminescu played a role for the Romanians similar to that of Vuk Stefanović Karadzić among the Serbs, or Naim and Sami Frashëri among the Albanians, to name only a few.
The selections in this volume include English language versions of some of Eminescu’s best-known poems such as Doina, Lacul, Și dacă, Luceafărul, Odă (în metru antic), Mai am un singur dor, Scrisoarea III, and many others. It also includes English versions of his most important prose writings — Făt Frumos din lacrimi, Sărmanul Dionis, Geniu pustiu, and Cezara. This beautiful, deluxe volume also includes an introduction on the life and work of Eminescu by A.K. Brackob and original artwork by Ioana Lupușoru.