Literature 8th European Literature Days
New books from Europe in Vietnamese language

European Books Days 2018 Photo: L’Espace

Sat, 05.05.2018 -
Thu, 17.05.2018

From Germany: Four new translations. Readings, presentations and discussions.

The 8th European Literature Days will be held in Hanoi and for the third in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon. The vivid literature festival with contributions from six European countries will be full of activities for book lovers of any age including book presentations, readings, workshops, talks, exhibitions and films. 

Since 2011, the annual European Literature Days have been organized by EUNIC, the association of European Cultural Institutes and Embassies. The expansion to HCMC is a clear sign of growing interest in European literature. There are books for all tastes and interests - from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

The Literature Days will be opened on May 5 by the participating countries at the European Village by Hoan Kiem Lake.

Book presentations from German will be at the Goethe-Institut. Author Eugen Ruge and his translator will present ”In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts“. The film for the book will be shown a day later (Premiere in Vietnam). Other presentation includes 10 issues of the book serie „WAS IST WAS“; a new edition of “The Tin Drum” by Günter Grass and the children book “Snöfrid aus dem Wiesental- Die ganz und gar unglaubliche Rettung von Nordland” by Andreas H. Schmachtl. The program finishes with: “Kafka goes to the cinema.”

The events about German literature in Hanoi will be held at the Goethe-Institut.


Goethe-Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh
L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem
Casa Italia, 18 So 1 Le Phung Hieu, Hoan Kiem

(German contributions at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi)
05.05.2017 9 AM Opening of the 8th European Literature Days
(Ly Thai To Park)
09.05.2017 7:30 PM
Reading by the author Eugen Ruge  and his translator: „In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts“ by
10.05.2017 7:30 PM Film Screening: „In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts“
The screening was banned by the Ministry of Culture: "The film is not suitable for a presentation in Vietnam."
11.05.2017 3 PM Book proposals from Europe for Vietnamese publishers and literature lovers:
Goethe-Institut presents 2 titles and 1 trend
12.05.2017 10 AM Easy learning : „WAS IST WAS” from Tessloff publisher
12.05.2018 4 PM Children book: : Snöfrid aus dem Wiesental- Die ganz und gar unglaubliche Rettung von Nordland by Andreas H. Schmachtl
14.05.2017 7:30 PM New edition: „The Tin Drum“ by Günter Grass
17.05.2017 7:30 PM Talk and presentation: Kafka goes to the Movies