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 Days of Abandonment


This novel, having the translator Olga as its main character, takes place in Turin. Olga lives in a small flat with her husband Mario, two children and a dog. The action starts when the husband leaves his family apparently for no reason. At first, Olga is not worried, she has no doubts that Mario will come back soon. But in the course of time her hope of Mario’s return vanishes. Olga cannot sleep at night, watches pornography, which is reflected in her life in the daytime. She gradually ceases to manage basic activities, getting lost in a world of made up ideas and memories of her native Naples. On the basis of the book The Days of Abandonment, the Italian director Roberto Faenza made a film of the same name in 2005, featuring the popular musician Goran Bregović.

In the cooperation with Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Praga

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