One night – many experiences: public readings of contemporary literature performed by well known personalities at attractive and unusual venues in cities across Europe.


European Literature Night builds on the concept of literature being a unique creative medium which embraces the voices of individuals along with the values of the society they live in. The umbrella project “European Literature Nights 2012 – 2014” aims to bring contemporary European literature to the general public in an innovative way through a series of public readings and accompanying events. Supported by a grant from the Culture Programme of the European Union, the project partners hope to deliver high level of impact to their audiences. Although it is Brno, Bucharest, Dublin, Lisbon, Vilnius, Prague and Wroclaw who are jointly co-organizing the project “ELN 2012 – 2014”, the other partner cities where Literature Night already took root are of no lesser importance for the event’s development.

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Juan Marsé

Juan Marsé (1933) is a Spanish prosaist, journalist and scriptwriter. He learned the goldsmith’s trade and worked in a jeweller workshop. In the late 1950s he published his first short stories in magazines. After spending several years in Paris, where he earned his living as a laboratory technician in the Pasteur Institute and by translating screenplays and teaching Spanish, he himself started to engage in screenwriting. He made his book debut in 1961 with the novel Encerrados con un solo juguete (Locked up with a Single Toy).

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