From 21:00 h. CEsT the event will be livestreamed on FORUM ON EUROPEAN CULTURE

We are happy to announce that a young Lithuanian writer Tomas Vaiseta will be part of the 2020 European Literature Night. The EUNIC Netherlands project brings together both celebrated authors and promising literary talents from all over Europe. It is a space for exploration, for understanding differences and recognizing similarities, reimagining ‘Europeanness’ for both authors and audiences. This year’s theme is ‘Literature, the Antidote’.

Never before have we been so connected and so isolated at the same time. What will our world look like after the pandemic? According to Arundhati Roy Covid-19 ‘is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next’, which ‘forces humans to break with the past and to imagine their world anew.’ How can we imagine this world? What can literature predict on the basis of the experience of the past months in Europe? Let’s listen to the European writers of today, the antennae of our societies. Can literature be an antidote?

All participating authors:

Tomas Vaiseta (Lithuania), Eric Ngalle Charles (United Kingdom), Pavla Horáková (Czech Republic), Pierre Jarawan (Germany), Juan Gómez Barcena (Spain), Abdelkader Benali (Netherlands), Paulus Hochgatterer (Austria), Monique Schwitter (Switzerland), Nicola Lagioia (Italy), Nataša Kramberger (Slovenia) and Nathalie Azoulai (France).

Hosts: Margot Dijkgraaf and Guido Snel

This year, the European Literature Night event is part of the Forum on European Culture. Tomas Vaiseta will join virtually.

More information about Tomas Vaiseta

TOMAS VAISETA (b.1984) is a writer and historian with a doctorate in humanities, living in Vilnius (Lithuania) and working as an associate professor at Vilnius University. Vaiseta has published two books of fiction - BIRDS' SLEEP (historical short stories, 2014) and ORPHEUS: A Journey There and Back (novel, 2016), both of which were included in the Lithuanian Book Prize list. He also published two historical monographs: on Soviet everyday life and ideology SOCIETY OF BOREDOM (2014) and on the history of a psychiatric hospital during the Soviet period SUMMER HOUSE (2018).

As a journalist, among other he has followed the Orange Revolution in Ukraine (2004) and the War in Georgia (2008). We also know that his novel ORPHEUS: A Journey There and Back was translated into English by a former Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Lithuania, Mr Jeremy Hill, who was immensely impressed by this novel.

The Literature night will take place at De Brakke Grond, on Friday, September 18th from 9.00 pm – 11.00 pm.

The event will be livestreamed via Forum on European Culture

For more information: +31206229014,

Eunic Netherlands - DutchCulture, Embassy of Austria, Litouws Cultureel Centrum, Goethe-Institut Niederlande, Institut français des Pays-Bas, Embassy of Switzerland, Instituto Cervantes, Tsjechisch Centrum, Embassy of Slovenia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura and supported by the European Commission. The Lithuanian contribution was partly supported by the the Lithuanian Embassy in the Hague and the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

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