Ervin Lázár is the creator of a genre we may safely call
Central European folk surrealism, which takes on the quality of a
hallucinatory exploration into that part of the soul where beauty, hope,
and yearning live in close proximity with the harsh realities of life.
Fulfilled love, lessened by yearning for a home country swept away by history. Andrea Tompa's new book is a novel of historical traumas, assimilation, as well a novel about the city of Cluj before and after the First World War.
"Curiosity in my view is a moral virtue, a curious person is a better person than those who are not curious." – Dóra Szekeres talked to Amos Oz, the Guest of Honour of this year's Budapest Book Festival.
Agáta Gordon is an emblematic figure of contemporary Hungarian
feminist and queer literature. The long poem "Trance-spiral" is a meditative
experimental piece, a descending torrent of fragmentative shards that
reflects on a wide range of issues from the bodily to the spiritual,
from technological to transcendent.
The Translators’ House in Balatonfüred, like so many other institutions of its kind, is dependent on both private, institutional and government largesse. The largesse, it seems now, may run out. Or is in danger of running out.