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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Carl Haffner´s Love of the Draw


Against the background of modest life conditions of several Viennese classes at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel depicts the course of a match for the title of the World Chess Champion between real historical personalities of world chess, the Austrian master Carl Schlechter (1874–1918) – who appears in the novel under the name of Carl Haffner – and the outstanding German world champion Emanuel Lasker (1868–1941). A proof of a dramatic course of the duel is, among other things, the fact that the match was decided in the last, tenth game played in Berlin. Glavinic’s first work brings a story full of suspense and a family tragedy, and it faithfully captures admirable human qualities of Schlechter/Haffner who even as a world-renowned master remained a modest and popular chess player.

In the cooperation with Austrian Cultural Forum

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