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Comme nous pleurons et rions d'une même chose – How we weep and laugh about the same thing

The thin line between joy and sadness, explored by twelve authors.

Tuesday 14 May 2013

20.00 De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

Join us for a night of debates, interviews and musical performances with writers from all over Europe. Inspired by an essay title of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne -How we weep and laugh about the same thing- twelve authors have written an essay, short story or other piece of prose for the annual European Literature Night, organized by EUNIC, a network of national institutes of culture. Seven of them -Laurent Binet (France), Jáchym Topol (Czech Republic), Marcel Beyer (Germany), Krisztina Tóth (Hungary), Laura Sintija Černiauskaité (Lithuania), Nihan Kaya (Turkey) and Marja Pruis (Netherlands)- will come to Amsterdam and discuss their work with literary critic Margot Dijkgraaf. Also on the program: a musical performance based upon the texts by the actors Hendrik Willekens (Belgium), Rob List (US), Eva Susova (Czech Republic) and Dennis Deter (Germany).

A special book with all texts submitted for this year’s European Literature Night will be published (in Dutch) by Uitgeverij Cossee: De smalle grens tussen vreugde en verdriet bewandeld door twaalf auteurs. In addition to the already mentioned authors it also contains contributions from: Constantin Göttfert (Austria), Nicolas Ancion (Belgium), Etgar Keret (Israël), Gustavo Martín Garzo (Spain) and Christophe Vekeman (Belgium).

See for tickets (€8 / Online €6). More information coming soon.

The European Literature Night is supported by the Representation of the European Commission in the Netherlands.