Carmen-Francesca Banciu "Mother's Day: Song of a Sad Mother"
Amidst an increased climate for international fiction, whether translated or originally in English, Litquake
convenes this stellar selection of authors from Australia, Ecuador, France, and Romania to discuss and read from their latest works: David Francis, Mauro Javier Cardenas, Antoine Volodine and Carmen-Francesca Banciu. Moderated by Transit Books publisher Adam Z. Levy.
The Goethe-Institut San Francisco is proud to be part of this event, presenting Carmen-Francesca Banciu with "Mother's Day: Song of a sad mother". Part "Bildungsroman" and part autobiographical memoir, "Mother's Day" explores mother-daughter relations under the communist dictatorship in Romania and sparks dynamic questions about Eastern Europe, work, the woman artist, and women's relationships with one another.
Banciu was born in Lipova, Romania. As a result of being awarded the International Short Story award of the City of Arnsberg for the story "The Radiant Ghetto," 1985, she was banned from publishing her work in Romania. In 1991 she accepted an invitation extended by the DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Residence program and came to Germany, where she lives and works to this day.