‘Long Night of Literature’ returns to Delhi with authors from across Europe


There ‘Long Night of Literature‘ is back in Delhi, bringing together Europe’s diverse literary cultures in a unique ‘speed-dating’ format.

Organized by a number of European cultural institutes as part of a collaborative project, the “Long Night of Literature” will be held at the Instituto Cervantes here on September 23 with the participation of authors and literary personalities from 11 European nations.

Authors from Finland, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain, among others, will take part in the current edition, the organizers announced in a statement.

The literary night was last held in physical form in 2019. It was held online last year.

“We are very happy that the ‘Long Night of Literature’ is taking place face-to-face this year. It creates a unique atmosphere when authors from so many different countries come together in one evening and read their works and engage in conversation with readers.

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“The format allows for close exchange and lots of conversations and discussions. In 2021, the Long Night took place online, which was also very successful. However, speaking directly to the authors provides another experience for the audience,” said Anja Riedeberger, director of information services for South Asia, Goethe-Institut. PTI.

During the event, each author will read their work to a small rotating group of people – all in their native language.

The evening will see the participation of Antti Tuomainen (Finland), Robert Prosser (Austria), Martine Le Coz (France), Krisha Kops (Germany), Peter Szucs (Hungary), Dora Nunes Gago (Portugal), Mercedes Cebrián (Spain) , Max Lobe (Switzerland) and others.

Besides the above authors, Estonia will also present its literature, read by eminent translators Rustam Singh and Teji Grover Portra.

The Czech Republic will also feature local scholars reading works by the late author Václav Havel. An exhibition featuring Ulysses by James Joyce will also be organized by Ireland on the site.

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