What is this?

Welcome to Letters from Zembla. I’ll be using this space to share new writing with you — and occasionally something from the archive. I might tell you a little bit about what I’m reading, whether it’s an article I love, a book that won’t make it into a review but is worth your attention, or a curious nugget I’ve discovered in my research. Finally, I’ll pepper it all with occasional reflections on the creative life.

Who is this woman?

My name is Irina Dumitrescu, and I’m a scholar of medieval literature and a writer of essays, criticism, and memoir. I have a wide range of interests, all of which circle around several questions:

  • How can we learn to live with, and even embrace, imperfection?

  • How do can we be more creative?

  • What is it like to live between cultures?

  • What can we learn from the past?

  • What are we eating?

If any of these topics interest you, you are in the right place.

Where can I read more?

You can find all of my work linked to on my website, irinadumitrescu.com .