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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The French Art of War


The novel tells the life story of a former soldier, Victorien Salagnon, who in the course of half a century went through war conflicts from the Second World War to Indochina and the Algiers war. Through this character, the author attacks the typical reader of his book: an educated middle-class Frenchman. He tries to make the reader uncertain in the generally proclaimed assumption that all those who find themselves on the wrong side of the barricade are bad, and he does not spare criticism of army methods or of France itself as a country with megalomaniac tendencies and absurd goals. But the author's unpleasant rummaging through the past serves primarily to a reflection of the current problems in French society and a reminder of how dangerous and senseless is any simplification of history.

In the cooperation with Institut Francais de Prague

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