What do we mean by Europe? Thirty-three renowned authors from 33 European countries attempt an answer -- in serious, ironic, skeptical, or optimistic tones. Their essays, written for the symposium held at the Literaturhaus Hamburg in 2003, reflect the astonishing diversity of European cultures. Not only are the style and experience of the individual authors remarkable for their distinctiveness, but their perspectives and views also appear to have little in common -- at first glance.
ABOUT THE EDITORS Ursula Keller is a publicist, film-maker, and dramaturg at the Literaturhaus Hamburg. Ilma Rakusa is an author, writer, literary scholar and translator living in Zurich.
Ursula Keller Germany Ilma Rakusa Switzerland Goubergur Bergsson Island Andrei Bitov Russia Hans Maarten van den Brink The Netherlands Mircea Cartarescu Romania Stefan Chwin Poland Ales Debeljak Slovenia Jorn Donner Finland Mario Fortunato Italy Eugenio Fuentes Spain Jans Christian Grondahl Denmark Durs Grunbein Germany Daniela Hodrova Czech Republic Panos Ioannides Cyprus Mirela Ivanova Bulgaria Lidia Jorge Portugal Dzevad Karahasan Bosnia Fatos Lubonja Albania Adolf Muschg Switzerland Peter Nadas Hungary Emine Sevgi Ozdamar Turkey Geir Pollen Norway Jean Rouaud France Robert Schindel Austria Ivan Strpka Slovakia Richard Swartz Sweden Nikos Themelis Greece Emil Tode Estonia Colm Toibin Ireland Jean-Philippe Toussaint Belgium Dubravka Ugresic Croatia Dragan Velikic Serbia Tomas Venclova Lithuania Mara Zalite Latvia