Central European Classics

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Central European Classics – Michael Hofmann, George Szirtes, Stephen Vizinczey and Tomáš Zmeškal

  • Sun 20 Jun 2010
  • 4:00PM

British Museum

Russel SquareLondon

UK

http://www.britishmuseum.org

Throughout the 20th century, the countries that once made up the Austro-Hungarian Empire produced many of Europe’s greatest and most influential writers. Twenty years after the Berlin Wall came down, is the idea of a central European region a useful one and what does it mean to today’s writers? Do these countries still have a common culture and indeed did they ever?

Penguin have just republished ten important works from Poland, Hungary, Romania, Austria and the Czech Republic, encompassing memoir, essays, novels, philosophy and short stories. Four of these will form the basis of this discussion by writers of a later generation: Michael Hofmann on Thomas Bernhard’s Old Masters, George Szirtes on Gyula Krúdy’s Life is a Dream, Stephen Vizinczey on György Faludy’s My Happy Days in Hell and Tomáš Zmeškal on Josef Škvorecký's The Cowards. The discussion will be chaired by Simon Winder, the series' editor.

This event is part of a World Literature Weekend of events (Friday 18 - Sunday 20 June).  To find out more visit the London Review Bookshop website where tickets are also available.

Venue: Stevenson Room, British Museum