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How should a writer relate to the burning issues of European societies? What courage does Europe need from its writers? Dutch author Nelleke Noordervliet will tend to these and other questions during the second State of European Literature on ‘The Courage of the Writer’.

Event details of State of European Literature
Date 19 June 2021
Time 17:00 -18:00

This year’s State of European Literature is delivered by renowned Dutch author Nelleke Noordervliet and commented upon by Dutch philosopher Eva Meijer and two master students from the University of Amsterdam. Noordervliet will elaborate her ideas about the courage of the writer that will be used as input for the European Literature Night, a literary feast of compelling fiction, poetry slam, short stories and discussions, following the State of European Literature at De Balie. Last year’s State of European Literature was delivered by Philipp Blom.

About the speakers

Nelleke Noordervliet is one of the most renowned Dutch authors of today. She has written an impressive oeuvre, comprising novels and essays, for which she received amongst other awards the Constantijn Huygensprijs. Her most recent novel is De val van Thomas G. (Atlas Contact). She is a columnist for Dutch daily Trouw and radio program OVT.

Eva Meijer is a Dutch philosopher and writer. She published ten books, her work has been translated into 18 languages. Her philosophical work focusses on language (including silence) and social justice, and gives special attention to the political voices of animals. In september 2017 she obtained her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam with the dissertation Political Animal Voices. Her most recent book is Vuurduin. Aantekeningen bij een wereld die verdwijnt, an essay she wrote in the context of the Dutch Philosophy Month.