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

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared


Alan Karlsson is one of the inhabitants of a provincial old people’s home and his 100th birthday has just come nearer, unfortunately together with a celebration to be attended by the mayor. Just a thought of it would make quite a few people opt for vanishing. But Alan is a true man of action, and therefore he climbs up from the window (on the ground floor) and he sets out somewhere in slippers. This is the start of a story spanning the entire 20th century. In fact, an adventurous trip at old age is just a tiny episode in the life of somebody who was incidentally friends with General Franco and President Truman. The author tells his grotesque version of history with the lightness of a phlegmatic person who avoids any moralizing and prefers a humorously expressive condensation.

In the cooperation with Embassy of Sweden

PHOTO © Pavel Kolský