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12 May 2010 00:00 - 00:00

European Literature Night

For one night, capital cities across Europe are presenting simultaneous celebrations of writing and reading on European Literature Night and The British Library will once again host an electrifying evening of readings and conversation from some superlative writers, both emerging and established. Come and meet this years authors Jacek Dehnel (Poland), Otto de Kat (Netherlands) Paolo Giordano (Italy) Georgi Gospodinov,(Bulgaria) Julya Rabinowich (Austria), Giedra Radvilaviciute, (Lithuania) and Milos Urban (Czech Rep.). The event will be chaired by writer and presenter Rosie Goldsmith.

The event will be followed by a reception.

Featured books and selected European literature will be available from the dedicated Foyles bookstall at the Conference Centre.


Box office: 0193 754 6546
Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions

Presented in partnership with EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) London and the European Commission Representation in the UK.


The first ELN was held at the British Library in London in May 2009 with six writers reading their work to a packed-out audience. EUROPEAN LITERATURE NIGHT II takes place on May 12th 2010. In another pan-European evening, 13 European capital cities, from Paris to Stockholm, will join forces to celebrate the best of European literature.

At the British Library in London, seven authors, from Vilnius to Vienna, will read from their work, discuss their country, their life and their literature. Chosen by an expert panel from among entries by the 24 EUNIC countries, the final selection of writers presents the modern face of European literature. Chaired once more by Rosie Goldsmith, a BBC presenter and champion of European literature, the evening promises to provide an exciting insight into European literature in translation.


ELN is a UK-based initiative involving 24 European cultural institutes (EUNIC), as well as the European Commission Representation in the UK with the support of various UK arts organizations (the British Library, the Arts Council and others). Its aim is to promote European literature of all genres in the UK, and its English translation and distribution.



European Literature Night II / 2010 - The Writers

Jacek Dehnel
(b.1980) is a prose-writer, poet, translator and painter whose poems have been translated also into English. His debut novel Lala (W.A.W. Poland 2006) is a family saga is a compelling tale about the passage of time, family histories and those of the European intelligentsia.

Georgi Gospodinov
(b. 1968) is a writer, poet, playwright and columnist. His anarchic experimental debut Natural Novel (translation by Zornica Hristova, Dalkey Archive Press, 2005) presents snapshots of life in post-communist Bulgaria driven by the narrator's need to come to terms with his dissolving marriage and his wife's infidelity with their close friend.

Paolo Giordano
(b 1982) is a young particle physicist and writer. His first novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers (translation by Shaun Whiteside, Doubleday, 2009) is a hugely popular coming
ofage novel about two lonely children who had traumatic incidents in their childhoods. The novel has sold in Italy over a million copies and received the prestigious literary award, the Premio Strega.

Otto de Kat (b. 1946) is a former Dutch publisher and writer. His novel Man on the Move (translation by Sam Garrett, Maclehose Press, 2009) is an original exploration of the universal themes of friendship, family and identity set against the horrors of WWII in the Pacific, reminiscent of Camus' The Outsider. "A melancholic masterpiece", Peter Henning, Basler Zeitung.

Julya Rabinowich
(b. 1970) is a painter, interpreter and writer originally born in St Petersburg, now living in Vienna. Her debut novel Spaltkopf (due to be published in the UK by Portobello Books in 2011) is a poetic evocation of exile seen through the eyes of a child. It deals with the uprooting of a Jewish family and their relocation as well as clash of identities.

(b. 1960) is a prose writer and essayist. The Allure of the Text (in Best European Fiction 2010, ed. by Aleksandar Hemon, Dalkey Archive Press 2010) presents us with metafiction, which contains stories within stories highlighting the interplay between text and reality as well as offering flesh-and-blood characters caught up in a layered narrative.

Miloš Urban
(b. 1967) is a doctor of philology, writer and translator. Seven Churches (translation by Robert Russel, Peter Owen Publishers, May 2010) reached the status of a cult book and is now a bestseller in Spain. Written in the spirit of the sensational murder story and combined with a Gothic atmosphere, it traces the steps of a killer through the seven cathedrals of modern day Prague providing a brilliant post-modern interpretation of late-medieval Prague.






30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


12 May 2010 00:00 - 00:00


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