The European Festival of the First Novel is known as a place for an intense literary exchange for new European literature. Authors from eleven European countries, whose first novels have not yet been translated into other languages, meet there with their editors and publishers to present their novels and attend workshops with literary experts.
The festival is carried out by the Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein and the Centre Culturel Français de Kiel. It is supported and sponsored by the Bureau de Livre of the French embassy in Berlin, the federal state Schleswig-Holstein and institutions of the participating countries. Since 2004, the festival is sponsored as an ARS BALTICA project. A special aim is to give new literature from smaller European languages a forum.
At a public reading in the Literaturhaus in Kiel on 10 May the participating authors will present abstracts from their first novels, which have been translated into German, English and French for the festival brochure. The following conference offers the editors, publishers and other experts the opportunity to get to know the novels better and make contacts for publishing and translation projects.
On the occasion of this year’s anniversary, the debut novel authors will be presented to the public twice.
On Monday, 14 May there will be a reading gala at the representation of land Schleswig-Holstein to the federation in Berlin.
Participating authors and publishing houses in 2012:
Austria: Judith W. Taschler, "Sommer wie Winter", Picus Verlag
Denmark: Alen Mešković, "Ukulele-jam", Gyldendal
Finland: Satu Taskinen, "Täydellinen paisti", Teos
France: Kaouther Adimi, "L'envers des autres", Actes Sud
Germany: Franziska Gerstenberg, "Spiel mit ihr" Schöffling & Co.
Hungary: Zsuzsa Csobánka, "Belém az ujját", JAK + prae.hu
Norway: Tore Kvæven, "Hard er mitt lands lov”" Samlaget
Poland: Magdalena Parys, "Tunel", Świat Książki
Switzerland: Ursula Timea Rossel, "Man nehme Silber und Knoblauch, Erde und Salz", bilger verlag
Spain: Inma López Silva, "Memoria de cidades sen luz", Galaxia
Wales: Patrick McGuinness, "The Last Hundred Days", Seren
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