19 February, 11:00

Adriana Babeți – 256 novels for Central Europe

La Două Bufnițe Bookshop
Piața Unirii 11
Universitatea de Vest Timișoara
Financed by
City of Timișoara through the Center for Projects

256 novels in 14 languages, written by 197 authors from Central Europe. This is the balance of our Dictionary of a team with more than 70 members. And this is the theme of our meeting: why did the Central European Romanian Dictionary of the 20th century, a unique intellectual product, originate in Timișoara? Important Romanian, Polish, German, Hungarian, Czech, Serbian and Slovak writers, literary critics and translators will answer this question in a passionate debate.

Adriana Babeți is a professor emeritus at the West University of Timisoara and Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest, where she teaches comparative literature; she is editor of the Orizont magazine.
Together with Cornel Ungureanu, she coordinated the anthologies Central Europe. Nevroze, dileme, utopii (1997) and Central Europe. Memory, Paradise, Apocalypse (1998). Among the volumes published: Woman in Red (1990, with Mircea Mihăieș and Mircea Nedelciu, book now in its sixth edition and included in high school literature textbooks); The Lost Battles. Dimitrie Cantemir, reading strategies (1997); The Dilemmas of Central Europe (1998); Arahne and the Pinafore (2002); Dandysm. A History (Polirom, 2004); Le Banat: Un Eldorado aux confins (coord., Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne, 2007); Amazons. A History (2013), Dictionary of the Central European Novel of the 20th Century (coordination, 2022).

Her volumes have received numerous national awards, and her work has been awarded the Order of Knight of Arts and Letters of the French Republic, the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Knight awarded by the Romanian Presidency, and the title of Honorary Citizen of Timișoara.

She has also been awarded important national and international prizes for her academic and teaching activity.