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.

partner cities

Jacob Decides to Love


An epic novel depicting colourful and dramatic fortunes of a family of Lorraine colonists in the Romanian Banat in a broad span, from the Thirty Years’ War to the first half of the 20th century. The author portrays a split human personality driven forward by desire and fear. In detail and at the same time with a fast pace he evokes a cruel archaic world which terrifies us, but which can also be beautiful and tender. Land, field and property mean everything to peasants in this world. In order to retain them, they are able to sacrifice anything, even the closest beings. When we take this fragile as well as thrilling book in our hands, we get a breath-taking concentrate of Central European history with its wars, dictatorships and deportations. It is a vivid picture of a world between East and West which has not yet reached peace.

With the cooperation of Embassy of Switzerland and Präsenz Schweiz

PHOTO © Alžběta Jungrová