Europe (H)as a Story!

City of Skopje
: 552613-CREA-1-2014-1-MK-CULT-LIT1
: Education, employment and social policies
: 59.757,00 €
: 01.9.2014
: Culture
: 01.09.2014
: Grant
: 59.757,00 €

: Storytelling is as old as humankind itself. It is a gauge of sorts of the span of a culture. And fiction by definition use the past tense. Once upon a time there was...But it is much more interesting to read what Europe has to say today,hic et nunc,so diverse,and yet united. The Europe (H)as a Story! project does not represent literary from the distant past. On the contrary,the project includes contemporary novels written within the last 25 years by authors from 10 different countries. So the project does not evoke,it reflect. The books in the project reflect contemporary Europe,which is writing the new pages in its history and new literary stories.A large part of the project in fact go back to the story,which,on the one hand might be perceived as a narrative,but on the other as a socially-engaged category. In addition to being of the same genre(novels),to be rewarded and highly praised by the critics,these books share the fact that offer great stories,inspired by personal and social European events. Thus they assure us that literature still has the potential to compete with reality,but also indicate that Europe has something to say,it has an opinion.That is why the project involves the translation into Macedonian of 10 stories from Europe and about Europe. Each novel,in its unique way,completes the puzzle of the "Old Continent",through the discourse of fresh voices.Some of the books literally deal with the process of creating stories,others reflect the numerous images of Otherness in Europe and Europe as opposed to the Others,others still play with storytelling in the context of past events,then there are such interested in hot topics - marketing,conflicts,eroticism,politics.The project points to the fact that we could view Europe as a (united) story,but also view the stories as part of the multifaceted Europe,continually created through literature as well—where a number of new worldviews,discourses,styles,and characters appear.Europe (H)as a Story! in action.