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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: We would like to express our thanks to Andrei Codrescu. Luca, like so many other great Romanian poets, first made his American debut in the pages of The Exquisite Corpse, which Mr. Codrescu edits. It is also because of Mr. Codrescu’s efforts that The Inventor of Love and Other Works found a publisher at Black Widow Press.

Julian and Laura Semilian are the translators of Gherasim Luca’s The Inventor of Love and Other Works. Julian Semilian is a moving image artist, teacher, poet, translator, and novelist. He was born in Romania and has been teaching film editing and experimental cinema at the University North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking, for the last 15 years, following a career as a film editor in Hollywood, where he worked on more than 50 movies and TV shows. An innovative, interdisciplinary artist with a passion for performing unusual concert repertoire, Laura's translations of Hungarian folk songs arranged by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály were featured in the January 2013 issue of Hyperion. Her original musical compositions include vocal settings of Will Alexander’s poetry, performed in collaboration with the author on piano, as well as soundscapes for Julian’s films. She holds graduate degrees in both history and opera performance. A first place winner of the southeastern region’s Metropolitan Opera competition, her leading orchestral and operatic performances have ranged in repertoire from Orff to Verdi to Wagner.

Julian Semilian and Laura Semilian, “Smuggling, Surrealism, & Sympathetic Magic: On Translating Gherasim Luca” Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics, Vol. VII, No. 3 (fall 2013) 91–99.

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Gherasim Luca Centenary Issue  

Essays and reflections in English and French on Romanian surrealist Gherasim Luca, including Luca's own texts and art. Also featuring rumi...

Gherasim Luca Centenary Issue  

Essays and reflections in English and French on Romanian surrealist Gherasim Luca, including Luca's own texts and art. Also featuring rumi...

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