Noc literatúry / Literature Night 2012

15/05/2012 17:20

Are you tired of reading? Would you like to return to the old days when stories were read to you before you went to sleep? Now you have a great opportunity to enjoy contemporary literature without having to read a single word. Prominent Slovak actors, Zuzana Kronerová, Richard Stanke, Emília Vášaryová, and many others, will do the reading for you during the Literature Night on May 16.


The Department of British and American Studies will host the reading from the book of English author Philip Pullman, Professor at Bangor University and a Fellow supporting the MA in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. He is famous for the trilogy of fantasy novels His Dark Materials, which were adapted for the screen as the successful The Golden Compass. You will have a chance to listen to Ján Greššo reading from another interesting work of his, a fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. The book tells a story of two brothers, Jesus and Christ who have contrasting personalities. Jesus is a moral and godly man, whereas Christ is his evil, calculating opposite. Salley Vickers of The Telegraph wrote about the book,

In dividing the character of Jesus into oppositional strands, he is doing no more than giving imaginative form to something that has been widely recognised: the dismaying disparity between the recorded teachings of Jesus and the practices of some of his so-called followers. Whether in its most grotesque forms – “holy” wars, physical torture and execution – or its relatively mild modern form of vilification of those who dispute its claims, the ideology of the Christian Church has too often woefully countermanded the injunction of its principal inspiration: to love thy neighbour as thyself.

The book caused great controversy, but it is only up to you what stand you will take.


Besides Pullman, you will have an opportunity to get to know many other books from different corners of the world. As all the readings start at the same time, 4.30 p.m., and there are 15-minute breaks between the readings, you might manage to attend all fourteen of them. Take it easy tomorrow afternoon, stroll around the city and enjoy the Literature Night.


For more details check the official webpage:

Zuzana Servanská




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