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Literature Night aims to promote contemporary literature and reading. Participating European cultural institutions select their authors and texts, and actors read out excerpts from these books. The venues are unique and interesting places, otherwise not always open to the public. The program is organised by EUNIC Hungary, and supported by the Örkény Theatre (Budapest), the Csokonai Theatre (Debrecen) and the Municipality of Budapest. 

Due to the unvertainty caused by Covid-19, the 2020 Literature Night will take will be organised and presented in a new format. In Budapest, excerpts highlighting the diversity of contemporary literature will be presented in various familiar or come secret corners of the Örkény Theater. The topic: Secrets. 

The recordings of the readings in Budapest will premiere on Facebeeok between 24 and 26 June 2020. The outdoor readings in Debrecen will take place between 26 and 28 June 2020. 

Actors sitting in dimmed room and reading from book.


Kazuo Ishiguro (1954) was born in Japan, and moved to the United Kingdom in 1960. In 1989, he received the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Remains of the Day. His novel, Never Let Me Go (2005) was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels. In 2017, Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature, as he, in his novers of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world. 


Never let me go

(Cartaphilus, 2011, translated by Kada Júlia)

Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.


Budapest: Online platform (Facebook event)

Debrecen: Outdoor locations (Facebook event)


Budapest: Csilla Radnay

Debrecen: Újhelyi Kinga


Budapest: 25 June 2020 at 20:40 (will be available online)

Debrecen: 26 June 2020 between 20:00 and 22:00 (ongoing readings)

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