Long Night of LiteratureS: Award-winning poet and writer Jacek Dehnel in India
Date: 23 September 2016
Venue: Instituto Cervantes,48 Hanuman Road, New Delhi 110001
Entry by prior registration only.
This September saw the second edition of Long Night of LiteratureS, an event dedicated to promoting the diversity of European literature on the occasion of the European Day of Languages which falls each year on 26 September. The event, kept in the convention of literature speed dating encouraged audiences to listen to readings by 10 authors from 10 European countries through the course of the evening.
An initiative supported by the European Union, this evening of readings was a collaborative presentation by the Polish Institute New Delhi, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Embassy of Switzerland, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Institut Français en Inde, Instituto Cervantes, the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
Poland was represented by award-winning poet and writer Jacek Dehnel.
Jacek Dehnel was born in Gdańsk in 1980. He graduated in Polish studies from the University of Warsaw and lives in the capital. He has published eight volumes of poetry, including: ” Żywoty równoległe” (“Parallel Lives”, 2004), “Brzytwa okamgnienia” (“Razorblade Flash”, 2007) and “Języki obce” (“Foreign Languages”, 2013). He has also published four novels: “Lala” (2006), “Saturn” (2011), “Matka Makryna” (“Mother Macrina”, 2014) and “Krivoklat” (2016), and a number of other prose books, including collections of short stories, novellas and mini-essays on old photographs.
His work has appeared in many literary periodicals and he writes columns for the “Polityka” magazine and Wirtualna Polska (“Virtual Poland”) website. He has translated verse by poets including Philip Larkin, George Szirtes and Karlis Verdins, as well as novels, including “The Great Gatsby” by Francis Scott Fitzgerald and “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James. He has won many major literary prizes in Poland, including the Kościelski Foundation Award (2005) and the Paszport Polityki (2006, for “Lala”). His works have been translated into over twenty languages.