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Carmen Bugan

Carmen Bugan is the author of the internationally acclaimed memoir Burying The Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police, which was serialized for radio as BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, was a finalist in the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing, and was the foundation for BBC World News long form documentaries for television and radio. The book has been translated into Swedish and Polish; Romanian and Italian translations are underway. Her collections of poems are Crossing the Carpathians and The House of Straw​. She also wrote the monograph Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile. Her reviews been published​ in PEN, The Times Literary Supplement, Harvard Review, PN Review, Modern Poetry in Translation and other places. All of her poetry and selected prose on writing have been translated into Italian under the title Sulla Soglia della Dimenticanza/ On the Side of Forgetting. Her biographical memoir Life without a Country: Voices from the Cold War is forthcoming.


Carmen was a Creative Arts Fellow in Literature at Wolfson College, Oxford University, a Fellow at the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers, and a recipient of a large individual grant from The Arts Council of England. She appeared at book fairs and literary festivals such as: the London Book Fair, the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing,​ and​the Cork Literary Festival. She is a member of the Geneva Writers Group. She also presented the documentary The Man Who Went Looking for Freedom about her father’s dissidence in Romania for BBC World Service.


She was educated at the University of Michigan and Balliol College, Oxford, where she took a doctorate in English Literature. Carmen now lives in France with her husband and their two small children.


Read Carmen’s memoir Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Police.

Watch the BBC documentary The Man Who Went Looking for Freedom.

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