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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Wilhelm Genazino

Wilhelm Genazino was born in 1943 in Mannheim and lives in Frankfurt am Main. He studied German studies, sociology and philosophy. His work, including two dozens of novels and several collections of essays and speeches, has won him many awards, among others the prestigious Georg Büchner Prize or the Kleist Prize. The author’s most popular novels, in which he deals with the life of ordinary people in a big city, include the Abschaffel trilogy (1977–1979) or the novel An Umbrella for Today (2001), Genazino’s most translated and valued book.

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