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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Dominik Tatarka

One of the most prominent 20th-century Slovak writers, Dominik Tatarka (1913–1989), studied French and Slovak in Prague and Paris, and then he worked as a high-school professor. He took part in the Slovak National Uprising of 1944, after the liberation he was a newspaper editor, the chief art editor in the Tatran publishing house and a screenwriter of the Czechoslovak Film Company in Bratislava. Since 1964 he was a professional writer. He adopted an uncompromising attitude to the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies in 1968, for which he was persecuted by the Communist regime. He could not publish and for 20 years he was practically barred from public life. He was among the signatories to the Charter 77.

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