The Third European Literature Days

The Third European Literature Days

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Opening: Fri 17 May, 10 am at Casa Italia
Literature Day 1: Fri 17 May 2013
Literature Day 2: Sat 18 May 2013
Goethe Institut, L’Espace and Casa Italia


For the third time, EUNIC, the Association of European Cultural Institutes and Embassies, presents literature from Europe in Hanoi. Books from Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Wallonia-Brussels (Belgium) and Poland, which have recently been published in Vietnamese translation, will be presented in an entertaining way. Classics or contemporary novels and short stories, books for young readers and comics for all ages – lots of discoveries await book lovers, both young and old. Meet writers, enjoy a theater performance in French and listen to talks and readings taking place at the Goethe-Institut, L’Espace and the new Casa d’ Italia.

British Council has invited Evie Wyld, the award winner of this year’s “Best of young British Novelists”. Spain presents the writer/photographer Ruben Abella and the Goethe-Institut invites audiences to a Franz Kafka theme night, presenting two new publications. Wallonia-Brussels Delegation presents a theater piece, an adaption of a famous classic author’s work and performed by students of the Hanoi University. For those interested in Italian literature, H.E. Ambassador Lorenzo Angeloni, a writer and an essayist himself, will give a speech at the opening ceremony, where there will also be a presentation of three fantastic novels by Italo Calvino.  This program is within the framework of Europe Days in Vietnam 2013.

Le Petit Prince

Focus on children’s and youth literature

Like last year, a focus will be put on books for children and young readers. Denmark introduces the Luc Buc stories for kids and their parents by writer Sally Altschuler and illustrator Tove Krebs Lange, Switzerland presents the popular story of their hero “Wilhelm Tell” in a fresh way.  Poland introduces the teenager novel “Miss Nobody” and France will present not only the classic “The little Prince”, but also a series of non-fiction books for young readers about such essential topics as the origins of mankind and of the universe, about religion, philosophy and non-violence.

The comprehensive program of presentations, round table discussions and activitiesfor children will be supplemented by publishers’ bookstalls at the Goethe-Institut, where books can be purchased at discount prices.

Die Herrlichkeit des Lebens

Detailed schedule

Friday, 17 May

Casa Italia
10-12 am           Opening Ceremony and Lectures by H.E. Ambassador of Italy Lorenzo Angeloni , “What is Literature for?” and by Rubén Abella, “Literature and Photography”

2 – 5 pm             Books for young readers: The series “Pour les adolescents du XXI è siècle” and the novel “Miss Nobody” by Tomek Tryzna.

6 – 9 pm              Lecture and talk with “Best of young British Novelists 2013″ Award Winner Evie Wyld; Prize Ceremony of the 1st German-Vietnamese translation contest and Kafka Night with readings from“Brief an den Vater” and “Die Herrlichkeit des Lebens”

Saturday, 18 May

9 -12 am                Book presentation and readings of the“Luc Buc” stories by Sally Altschuler and Otfried Preussler’s “Der kleine Wassermann” with music for parents and young children (3 to 6 years)

3 – 6.30 pm        Book presentation of “The story of Wilhelm Tell” by Jürg Schubiger (15-15.45 pm for children over 10 years) and Italo Calvino’s “The Nonexistent Knight” and “The Cloven Viscount”, followed by talks and roundtable with writers from Denmark, Great Britain, Spain and Vietnam.

9 – 11 am             Lectures and activities for children around the story of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The little prince”
7 – 9 pm              Lecture and theater performanceby students of Hanoi University

Free admission. 

For more information: Program (PDF; 1 MB)

3rd European Literature Days (2)

Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học
Ba Đình, Hà Nội
Tel.: +84 4 37342251
Fax: +84 4 37342254
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Institut Français de Hanoi – L’Espace
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội
Tel: (84-4) 39 36 21 64
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Casa Italia
18 Le Phung Hieu Str, Hanoi