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

Memoirs of a Young Man


This novel, written in the form of letters sent by the protagonist from the world beyond to his friend, makes up a prosaic parallel to Seneca’s famous letters to Lucilius. The protagonist calls his friend Teacher and describes how he influenced his former life. The letters, one after another, reveal life adventures of a man growing up and maturing in Soviet Lithuania, as well as the then reality balancing between a grey everydayness and fancifulness. The uniform composition of the work is relieved by letters addressed to real historical personalities such as Marx or Nietzsche. However, all of them share a mercilessly cold and analytical method used by the author for exploring our traditional values.

In the cooperation with Embassy of Lithuania

PHOTO © Vojtěch Štěpánek