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What defines a ‘good life’?

To find answers to this question, Svend Brinkmann, Professor of Psychology at Aalborg University and a best-selling author of self-help guides, recommends that we read more novels again, rather than browsing self-help handbooks. According to Brinkmann, novels clearly show how generally messy and difficult human life is. They don’t suggest simple solutions, but rather promote empathy, “Novels enable you to understand human life as complex and unmanageable. Read at least one a month.” 

The European Literature Days asks international writers to reflect on these topics. Our guest writers get involved in the festival’s many different events and attempt to find solutions.

We warmly invite you to join in!

Walter Grond
Artistic Director of Literaturhaus Europa

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