Literature Lunches at the EESC 2012
InBETWEEN, the annual literary readings at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), are back. This year we have prepared something exciting for you – a real European thrill! The theme for 2012 focuses on crime and detective stories.
This literary genre has a long international tradition and world famous authors have created world famous characters like 'Sherlock Holmes' – both prototype and synonym for a detective. Think of Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, Henning Mankell, Donna Leon, just to name a few. You will find many well-known names, be it in literature, film, music or other cultural fields, that have shaped this genre and contributed to its great success.
It is an implicit characteristic of crime stories that they are based on suspense and surprise. This genre plays with the darker side of human nature, thus evoking a thrilling atmosphere. It is interesting to see that crime stories are becoming ever more popular and that they can be found in all types of media. On the one hand, this success may come down to the fact that crime stories often deal with the unimaginable criminal mind in all its gruesome characteristics and the eternal battle between good and evil.
On the other hand, today we encounter a new generation of authors who portray detectives as personalities fighting against horrible crimes at the places where they live and work. They present a new generation of detectives whose investigations do not only aim to find the murderer, but also give a complex insight into their surrounding world, which often includes a trip into their inner-self.
This approach has opened up more complex portrayals of people and the world they live in. The plot still focuses on crime and the goal of solving a murder mystery, but the audience gains more insight into the process, and they are more involved in societal processes throughout the story.
"I know what kind of things I myself have been irritated by in detective stories. They are often about one or two persons, but they don't describe anything in the society outside." Stieg Larsson
The EESC sees this year's series of readings as a substantial contribution enhancing our understanding of European citizens – brought to you in an entertaining manner. We invite you to join us in experiencing the European landscape as it is portrayed by authors from Austria, Denmark, England and Ireland. They will present their exciting stories taking place in the different corners of Europe in their mother tongue, proving that Europe extends beyond the major European languages. If you don't understand the language of the author, don't worry, you can still follow the text with the translations that will be provided.
"Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind and your soul is revealed by your actions." Agatha Christie
We are delighted to welcome you to our literature lunches beneath the Brussels sun!
Anna Maria Darmanin, EESC Vice-President
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