But what became of the Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani, my friend... what of your mouth odour and evil thoughts, the acrimony of your chastity, dear chap, caro mio Giorgio; what became of the precious desire for vengeance; what kinds of insects did the Creator pluck out from that?—that is something a Hungarian is curious about.
Today in Hungary any intellectual who feels
responsible for the community and tries to mediate, faces serious
difficulties. If someone wants to write about public issues and social
questions, independently and in an unbiased way, they could easily be
forced into a strict dichotomy and mindless political logic. A kind of
courage is needed, therefore, in order to speak up, because each word
could touch a nerve.
A wide selection of writers are rarely included in synopses of
contemporary Hungarian fiction despite being in the vanguard of the
‘quiet revolution’ of the early
Seventies and in many cases remaining highly (and rewardingly)
productive to the present day.
World Theatre Day, which this year will be officially celebrated on Sunday March 27th, is to be marked in Budapest one day in advance by a performance due to be broadcast at 20:04 hrs on Hungarian Radio 1 of an extract from a new piece based on real and imaginary writings by Kafka that is taking shape under the overall guidance of its original conceiver, Tibor Szemző.
The decade-old Street Music Festival features a distinctive, essential link between festival and location, performance and audience: busking. Here music is a street art, and if you aren't a musician playing or carrying an instrument, you'll probably start wishing you'd brought one along.
Celebrated postmodern author Péter Esterházy is currently making Hungarian literary headlines in more contexts than one. Beside the timely billowing of birthday laudations as Esterházy turns 60 this Wednesday, his infamously liberal use of borrowed "guest texts" has also been getting a considerable share of public lambasting recently. Whether or not a fair share is a matter of renewed debate.