Mircea Cartarescu is Romania's premier novelist and poet. His books have been translated in all major European languages. Nostalgia, from which "The Roulette Player" is excerpted, will be published by New Directions in 2005.
Words Without Borders opens doors to international exchange through translation, publication, and promotion of the best international literature. Every month we publish select prose and poetry on our site. In addition we develop print anthologies, work with educators to bring literature in translation into classrooms, host events with foreign authors, and maintain an extensive archive of global writing. read more »