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How should a writer relate to the burning issues of European societies? What courage does Europe need from its writers? Get to know innovative and creative writers from all over Europe – from Spain to Lithuania, from Slovenia to the UK – in a literary feast of compelling fiction, poetry slam, short stories and discussions. The European Literature Night brings together a group of 12 writers who all relate to European issues from their own local context, and to local issues from a European context.

Even in the Western democracies the writer needs courage if he doesn‘t wish to melt in the choir of backing vocals and if he wants to maintain critical thinking.
R. Bogdanas 

On Saturday 19 June 2021 at 20:00 (CEST) the European Literature Night will be presented at De Balie and livestreamed for an online audience as part of the EUNIC Netherlands programme.

A Lithuanian writer, Ramūnas Bogdanas will be part of the programme together with Andrea Bajani (IT), Elia Barceló (ES), Maarja Kangro (EE), Laurent Petitmangin (FR), Monique Roffey (UK/TT), Christoph Schneeberger (CH), Jan Škrob (CZ), Moni Stanila (RO), Max Temmerman (BE), Boštjan Videmšek (SI), Olivia Wenzel (DE).

About the Lithuanian writer:

Ramūnas Bogdanas (b. 1959 in Kaunas, Lithuania) is a political analyst whose articles are regularly published on Delfi, a major internet portal in the Baltic states. He is also a permanent commentator of state tv and radio LRT. An active participant in Sąjūdis, the Lithuanian independence movement, in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, he worked as foreign affairs advisor to Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, then the leader of Lithuania. He was awarded the Medal of January 13 for his services to Lithuania at a time when his country was struggling for its freedom from the Soviet Union. He has often met with the participants of Ukraine’s Revolution and given talks in Kyiv, Odessa, Mykolaiv and Dnipro. In China he was elevated to the rank of the 13th generation masters of the old Chen style of TAIJI QUAN martial art.

At the Abyss is the author’s debut novel, then followed by Black Snow, Red Sky. AT THE ABYSS is a thrilling, tense story, vividly portraying the post-Soviet face of the still-disintegrating Russian empire and raising the fundamental question of free individuals and a free nation. At the moment Ramūnas Bogdanas works on his third novel of the trilogy The Ukrainian Trident.

European Literature Night brings together both celebrated authors and promising literary talents from all over Europe. The Night is a space for exploration, understanding differences, recognizing similarities and for reimagining ‘Europeanness’ for both authors and the audience. The evening will be moderated by Dutch literary critic, author, Margot Dijkgraaf and writer, assistant professor European studies, Guido Snell.

Tune in on Saturday, June 19, at 20:00
Livestream from De Balie , Amsterdam

Registration is not required


Eunic Netherlands in partnership with Litouws Cultureel Centrum.
All participating organisations: British Council, Litouws Cultureel Centrum, Romanian Cultural Institute Brussels, Embassy of Switzerland, Embassy of Slovenia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Amsterdam, Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond, Tsjechisch Centrum, Instituto Cervantes Utrecht, Institut Francais des Pays-Bas, Goethe-Institut Niederlande, Ambassade van Estland.
The Lithuanian contribution was partly supported by the Lithuanian Embassy in the Hague.

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