ELENA LAZĂR, translator and editor
Born in Stefanesti-Ilfov-ROMANIA in 1949, Elena Lazăr graduated (1972) from the School of Classical Languages of the University of Bucharest. She has worked as an editor for two important state publishers (Univers Publishers, Encyclopaedic and Scientific Publishing House) (1972-1999). She has participated in more than 50 international congresses and meetings in Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, France, Germany and Italy. Founding member and vice-chairman of the Romanian Society of Greek Studies, vice-chairman of the Romanian branch of the International Society “The Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis”, member of the Romanian Writers’ Union (2005). Honorary member of the Hellenic Authors’ Society. Owner and director of the publishing house “OMONIA” (set up in 1991 in Bucharest), which has consistently pursued to promote the literature and civilization of modern Greece in Romania. The 250-plus titles, which cover most literary genres, account for more than half the translations from neo-Hellenic literature published in Romania in the last 32 years. She was awarded prizes for translation in Greece (1994, 2020) and Romania (1994, 2003, 2018). Ambassador of Hellenism (Athens, 2005), Gold Metal of „Vergina” (Salamina, 2006). Officier de l’Ordre de la Bienfaisance (2011). She translated 65 works (nine in collaboration) of Modern Greek literature : essays, short stories, novels (Grigorios Xenopoulos, Anghelos Terzakis, Nikos Kazantzakis, Tasos Athanasiadis, Galateia Saranti, Ioulia Iatridi, Eleni Ladia, Nikos Themelis etc.) and poetry (Complete works of C. P. Cavafy, 2 vols., Kostas Karyotakis, Michalis Pieris, Antonis Fostieris a.o.). She is the author of nine books: Panorama of Modern Greek Literature (1987, the second edition 2001), Panorama of Cypriot Literature (1999), Masterpieces of Modern Greek Literature (2003), The Greek Letters in Romania.1837-2005 (2005) a.o., and she has published over 100 articles concerning Greek Letters in the Romanian literary press.