The story of The Restless
begins in 1853, and follows the destiny through half of Europe of a
Hungarian family who had escaped from their homeland after the failure
of the revolution and struggle for independence against the Habsburgs in
Agota Kristof (70) paid a brief visit to Budapest for the first time after four years. This time, she was participating in the 'Exile' programme focussing on emigrant authors from Eastern Europe. Agota Kristof arrived in Neuchâtel as a refugee in 1956 with her husband and young baby, and she has lived there ever since.
"It wanted to be regular and proportionate, like all trees, ideal trees; like all beings, ideal beings. But it was no dreamer. A dreamer would have been crushed by the crags. Nor was it eccentric. An eccentric would have lost patience and fled long ago."
The Hungarian language is isolated. The Hungarian language means death for world literature. To write poetry in Hungarian is galley slavery. The Hungarian language is exceptionally suitable for poetry.