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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Writings for Beloved Lutecia


The book renders the erotic and spiritual relationship between an ageing writer and Lutecia (the name is a transcript of Lutetia, the Latin name for Paris). A fictitious Paris becomes the synonym of different forms of free relationship: from physical freedom to the freedom of expression, thought and feeling. Monologue letters to a young woman enabled Mr Tatarka to express the most authentic facets of human intimacy and describe the spiritual dimension of an attitude towards power and power practices. The book was written at a time when Dominik Tatarka was a banned author (he wrote it in the years 1976–78), and it was first published in the samizdat Edice Petlice (Padlock Editions). The reading from the book pays homage to the author’s posthumous 100th birthday.

In the cooperation with Slovak Institute in Prague and Literary Centre in Bratislava

PHOTO © Talabér Tamás