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

Harmonia caelestis


It seems as if the author – although he knows where to look – found only fragments of an antique vase in his book, mixed up with other broken pieces, but also with undamaged objects of both known and unknown origin and purpose. All of them tell a story, all of them relate to each other. In them we will find a father, dad, daddy, pa and papa who knows how to be anybody; and he likes to be it all. When the author eventually “glues” the vase together, he makes a more coherent story, which still continues to be a sequence of pictures, tales and anecdotes from the life of a Hungarian aristocrat in the 20th century. Péter Esterházy’s readers are not surprised that at the last moment the tragic note must always give way to a clownish playfulness, they are not taken aback by fireworks of styles and viewpoints, not to speak about traditional family topics.

In the cooperation with Ballasi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Institute in Prague

PHOTO © Filip Habart