A focused collection of literary works has emerged from a transnational project that convened acclaimed writers on the question of how dictatorships are overcome. The range of generations, European countries of origin and artistic directions represented give an edge and at the same time pose the challenge of this anthology. A considerable variety of motivations are reflected while authors put into words a contemporary biography of persecution, a descendant's feeling of personal historical responsibility, or the artistic curiosity of the "outsider." Dedicated to the imaginative power of literature and to Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe in particular, as the formerly multicultural setting of these countries suffered the most from European dictatorships and their insufficiently processed legacies. The cultural transfer exhibited here reduces prejudices and promotes new forms of understanding with Western Europe, while aiming to further a diversified but common European culture. Each piece is presented in English and in the original language.