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

Before I Burn


The novel is based on real events that took place in the late 1970s in the vicinity of the author’s native village named Finsland in southern Norway. In his narrative, characterized by documentary tones and a tinge of a detective story, Mr Heivoll depicts the atmosphere of fear provoked by a pyromaniac running amok and paralyzing the entire village. The events are constructed with the help of eye witnesses’ stories, diaries, newspaper articles and letters. In the second line of the narrative, the author returns primarily to the time when he decided to go in for literature instead of pursuing a career in law. A parallel between Gaute Heivol and the pyromaniac Dag is of key importance. In his narrative, the author touches the question of insanity in the life of every human being. What a man must do to end up on the verge of destruction, to destroy himself? And is there anything that can save him?

In the cooperation with Embassy of Norway

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