Sándor Tar, one of the most highly respected prose writers of the last
third of the century, turned from writing sociography and short stories
to a unique “novel of crime”. This was back in 1996, and critics have been trying to find the key to the book ever since.
György Spiró’s new novel Captivity (Fogság), the Hungarian literary sensation of the year, is a reconstruction of the period from around the death of Christ until the Jewish War. Uri, the protagonist of the novel, is selected to be a member of the delegation that takes the Pesach tax of Roman Jews to Jerusalem. Through his adventures we get an extremely lively picture of contemporary Rome, Jerusalem and Alexandria. – An interview with the author by Erika Csontos.
The lucky few experience an annunciation. The bellies of the rest remain silent. The doctor himself doesn’t know what is happening at such times. Not really. His hands are merely holding the Lord’s hand.