The 12th century Castilian Jewish poet Yehuda Halevy said "My heart is in the East and I am in the West". The same goes for migrants, and among them are those who have chosen to write in a language other than their mother tongue. Can the enrichment of this situation rebuild the fractured internal continuity or, on the contrary, make it more visible?
On 13 November 2019, a debate on Migration / Multilingualism will take place at House of European History in collaboration with The European Union Prize for Literature. Writers Tatiana Tibuleac who received this year European Union Prize for Literature 2019, and Claudiu Florian, who was also awarded the same prize in 2016, will participate in this encounter, moderated by Anne Bergman-Tahon, director of the Federation of European Publishers.
Claudiu M. Florian was born in 1969 in Rupea, Braşov County. He received a degree in German Studies at Bucharest University in 1994, an MA in 'Humanistic Interdisciplinary Studies in the German Language' at Bucharest University in 1996, and went on to obtain another MA in Contemporary History at Bielefeld University in Germany. From 2002, he worked as an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, moving on to become Cultural and Press Attaché at the Romanian Embassy in Berlin from 2004-2009. Between 2010 - 2013 he has held a key role at the Romanian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. Since 2014, he is working at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin.
Tatiana Tibuleac was born in 1978 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, and has Moldovan and Romanian nationality. She studied at the Faculty of Journalism and Communications of the Moldova State University. She first came to the attention of a wide public in 1995, as writer of the ‘True Stories’ column in the Flux daily newspaper. In 1999, she joined the team at PRO TV Chișinău as a reporter, editor and news anchor and also worked in Moldova for UNICEF. Since 2008 she has been living in Paris.
She made her debut as a writer in 2014 with a collection of short stories Fabule Moderne - Modern Tales, from Urma Ta Publishing House, Chisinau. In 2017 her first novel appeared: Vara în care mama a avut ochii verzi - The Summer when my Mother had Green Eyes, Cartier Publishing House, was awarded the prize of the Writer´s Union of Moldova, the prize of the Observator Cultural literary magazine in Bucharest and the Observator Lyceum prize at the FILIT festival in Iași. The novel has been translated into French and Spanish. Grădina de sticlă - The Glass Garden is her second novel.