What is European about the Literatures of Europe?
Essays from 33 European Countries
Ursula Keller is a publicist, film-maker, and
dramaturg at the Literaturhaus Hamburg.
Ilma Rakusa is an author, writer, literary scholar
and translator living in Zurich.
What do we mean by Europe? Thirty-three renowned authors
from 33 European countries attempt an answer-in serious,
ironic, skeptical, or optimistic tones. Their essays,
written for the symposium held at the Literaturhaus
Hamburg in 2003, reflect the astonishing diversity of
European cultures. Not only are the style and experience
of the individual authors remarkable for their distinctiveness,
but their perspectives and views also appear to have
little in common-at first glance.
The editors have created a unique literary project,
a milestone in the vitally necessary cultural discourse
Ursula Keller Germany Ilma Rakusa Switzerland
Goubergur Bergsson Island Andrei Bitov Russia Hans Maarten
van den Brink The Netherlands Mircea Cartarescu Romania
Stefan Chwin Poland Ales Debeljak Slovenia Jorn Donner
Finland Mario Fortunato Italy Eugenio Fuentes Spain
Jans Christian Grondahl Denmark Durs Grunbein Germany
Daniela Hodrova Czech Republic Panos Ioannides Cyprus
Mirela Ivanova Bulgaria Lidia Jorge Portugal Dzevad
Karahasan Bosnia Fatos Lubonja Albania Adolf Muschg
Switzerland Peter Nadas Hungary Emine Sevgi Ozdamar
Turkey Geir Pollen Norway Jean Rouaud France Robert
Schindel Austria Ivan Strpka Slovakia Richard Swartz
Sweden Nikos Themelis Greece Emil Tode Estonia Colm
Toibin Ireland Jean-Philippe Toussaint Belgium Dubravka
Ugresic Croatia Dragan Velikic Serbia Tomas Venclova
Lithuania Mara Zalite Latvia
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