An attempt to come to terms with the death of a father who narrowly escaped the murders of Nazi-allied Hungary, this short novel is a chronicle of the fraught relationship between a Holocaust survivor and his son, as well as an attempt to work through a specific historical situation: the long-lasting, and notably patriarchal, “soft dictatorship” of Hungarian Communism.
Literary historian Thomas Cooper talks to Imre Kertész in this new
volume published in the Seagull Books series of The University of
Chicago Press. An excerpt from the interview and Cooper's fine
introductory essay, published here by courtesy of the publisher.
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
...the man, while he was reading his essay, deliberately had his tie hang into the soup. His name was Miklós Erdély, and his gesture of having his tie hang into the soup was a forbidden form of artistic expression in Hungary at that time.