Laura Alpoliscu. In memory – an old dilemma

Editor-in-chief of ART Publishing for nearly 15 years, Laura Albulescu (March 3, 1977 – June 8, 2021) has been simply the most diligent, daring and creative editor of her generation.

Constantly publishing and translating themselves, with a stubbornness approaching sacrifice, authors whose literary value is inversely proportional to commercial appeal; And this does not mean that she lacks commercial flair: Margaret Atwood, Mariana Enriquez and Lucia Berlin became successful authors in and thanks to Romania. In addition, he devoted more than twenty author series to some notable writers, and most importantly, he gave due importance to short volumes of prose: Faulkner, Levi, Cabot, Vonnegut, Lucia Berlin, Vit Thanh Nguyen or Tom Hanks – there is no publishing house where they seem Better story books. Alex was also duly praised in an anthology after his death. Leo Zerban and Antoineta Ralian. In terms of the article, we owe her a huge amount body history Or the size of Daniel Arras, You don’t see anything (plus Bourdieu volumes, etc.), books are “heavy”, hard to translate, and hard to sell.

Between 2009 and 2013 he coordinated a series called The First Time: nine collective volumes to which more than a hundred writers, artists, journalists, sociologists, historians, etc. contributed. With a wide range of text types – doctrinal, essayistic, and fictional – it finally forms an archive of more than two thousand pages of Roman cultural anthropology.

Between 2011 and 2015 he was Director of Bastilia Bookstore, a 3-in-1 conceptual cultural space: a library, café and gallery with a permanent exhibition signed by Ion Barbu. With its walls decorated with caricatures and hand copies of the songs of the great poets of Romania, with its unconventional events (post-rock concerts, art film screenings, It happened-live cooking, pajama parties With books), the Bastille was (and I fear it will remain) the most authentic bookstore in our country.

On December 15, 2012, she was the editor behind the world’s fastest written novel: approved Guinness Book of Records, Santa Claus and Co. Written by 53 authors and prepared in 9 hours, 5 minutes, and 8 seconds, from the moment it began to the first print edition.

In 2018, he released a series of audiobooks on multicolored vinyl, Premiere/Madness, with anthologies from Faulkner, Levi, Hrabal, Sebald, Capote, Cortázar, Enriquez, Szczygiel or Bourdieu, read by actors and writers alike.

Finally, he started Arthur’s imprint “Golden Books of Childhood” collection, which he wandered through antique stores in search of cult translations from 60-80 whom she gave, as they say, new clothes, translating herself Twenty new children’s books.

Below, I quote ART Publishing’s press release, for a more complete picture of the editor’s tremendous work that Laura Alpoliscu has done in the past fifteen years.

Laura Alpoliscu, a graduate of the Faculty of Sociology and a Master’s degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the Faculty of Arts in Bucharest, received her PhD in Philology in 2012 with a thesis on Literary Sociology by Pierre Bourdieu. (The Sphinx. Pierre Bourdieu and Literature, 2014).

He has made a significant and decisive contribution to the consistency and quality of book presentation at ART Publishing House (with a portfolio of more than 600 titles). He coordinated Youngart’s imprint (with a portfolio of over 100 titles in teen literature), and edited and published the first children’s books and graphic novels.

Established and coordinated all collections and projects of ART Publishing: Laurel, Theory Demon, Fiction and Artillery, Carpet Painting, Return of the Ocean, Cardinal Books, Classical Art, Revisited, Treasury, The Perfect Library, Blue Shore, Basic Books, Nobel Collection, Nightingale Gorilla, Graphic Novel, Series I, Cult Books, Ideas , Animal Farm, picture books, audioART, Arthur Retro.

A simple enumeration of author series formatted by Laura Albulescu shows the scope of her activity: FM Dostoevsky, Lev Tolstoy, Jonathan Swift, William Faulkner, JMG Le Clézio, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Françoise Sagan, Toni Morrison, VS Naipaul, Julio Peter Hérabal, Patrick Modiano, W. G. Sebald, Peter Handke, Kurt Vonnegut, Paul Auster, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Roald Dahl, Margaret Atwood.

Generously and competently, Laura Albulescu has also been involved in areas outside of actual editorial work, in acquiring copyrights, in publishing and promoting. No doubt our readers will remember her as the creative director of the Bastille Library.

She was also an outstanding translator, and her translations come as a natural result of her many editorial initiatives. Translated (in collaboration with Bogdan Gueu) the principal titles of Bourdieu’s work (Rules of art, language, and symbolic power And male dominance), Translate the famous book by the American sociologist Erving Goffman (daily life as a show), The attention of the Romanian public was drawn to the brilliant article by French art critic Daniel Arras (You do not see anything). He also contributed with his own translations to the success of the audience of Arthur Publishing House.

Laura Alpoliscu was a wonderful, demanding and generous fellow at the same time. Her presence was exemplary and inspiring. Intellectual ability, hard work, responsible spirit and friendly sociability were the qualities that remain in our memory. In a spirit of remembrance, we intend to collect in the pages of the testimonial book of her friends and collaborators, a way to stay with her for a longer time. We offer our condolences to her parents, sister and husband, Emmett Cook.”

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