Literature Night is an annual event organised by EUNIC intended to raise awareness about contemporary literature. In cooperation with cultural organisations representing mostly European countries and languages, a writer and a poem or novel is chosen. Artists from Radnóti Miklós Theatre read a short selection from the chosen literary work. Several attractive locations otherwise not open to the public serve as venues for the readings.

Literature Night 2019

Literature Night 2019 is organised in two cities, Budapest and Debrecen.


Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is a contemporary British novelist, essayist, and short-story writer. She was born in London in 1975 to an English father and Jamaican mother. She read English at Cambridge, graduating in 1997. Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth (2000), is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the story of three ethnically diverse families. Zadie Smith became a professor of fiction at New York University and lives between New York and London. Her most recent novels are NW (2012), set in north west London; and Swing Time (2016), set in London, New York and West Africa. Her have books won a number of awards and prizes.



NW (2012) is an experimental novel following four different characters in the North West of London, shifting between first and third person, stream-of-consciousness, screenplay-style dialogue and other narrative techniques in an attempt to reflect the polyphonic nature of contemporary urban life. Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan grew up together in a suburban block in London - their impressions of their lives, relationships, and encounters are both destructive and uplifting, beautiful and brutal, like the huge city that encircles them. The novel was nominated for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction.


Budapest: Brody Studios

Debrecen: Cafe Frei


Budapest: Lovas Rozi – Márfi Márk 

Debrecen: Krajcsi Nikolett


From 7 p.m. on Thursday, 28 March, 2019

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