No one had officially told the schoolchildren in Cluj what they were going to portray. All they knew was that they were preparing for a celebration. Then it suddenly dawned on her: the mass of schoolkids were going to portray the Great Leader, Ceaușescu himself, and she is going to be his mouth.
For a long time now Szabados wanted a bigger apartment so the children
could have separate rooms, but he could never manage it, and now it was
too late, he’ll just have to accept it. His dreams had come to naught.
And so have lots of other things.
After the book of poems inspired by Finland, here
are Acsai's Norwegian poems. A fjord and a vaguely perceptible
figure inside the fjord; a whale; cold-blooded rocks; the place where
Wittgenstein’s house once stood in Norway. And the empty place where
Wittgenstein’s intellectual independence and daring once stood in
In 1944 Pilinszky was called up to the
Hungarian army and soon afterwards evacuated with his unit to Germany.
He never saw action, but in a Germany on the verge of defeat he
witnessed apocalyptic scenes. "The French Prisoner" is a testimony to those experiences. - George Gömöri's and Clive Wilmer's choice.
Originally published in 1985 and republished in 2010 to great critical acclaim, Szilárd Rubin's "Roman Numeral One" is a poetic recollection of an impossible love story between a middle-aged writer who "has grown old but has never managed to grow up", and an enigmatic, fiercely independent and frivolous dentist called Piroska.