A quarter of a century has passed since the end of communism in Hungary, and the files of the state security service are still inaccessible to the public. Attila Ménes's play is based on the life of one of the most prominent authors of the last century, Sándor Tar, who was later exposed as an agent.
Ivan Gorchev, an able seaman on the S.S. Rangoon, was just shy of his twenty-first birthday when he won the Nobel Prize for Physics. Winning such a prestigious scientific award at that tender age is undeniably an almost unheard-of achievement.
"It must have happened mostly along those lines, I think," says Pál Réz, and readers and scholars alike need to realize: this is "mostly" how close we can get to truly knowing our own literary history. – The memoir of Pál Réz, a living legend in Hungarian literature.
In Europe, the continent that learnt the lessons of World War II, there have been no wars for 70 years. It has become a civilized, humanistic place. Except for the events that went on for ten years beyond Hungary’s southern borders.
A writer who discovers that his parents were informers; confessions about being gay; a life history interview with a legendary literary editor; the everyday life of women in Budapest around 1900; a memoir about the siege of Budapest; and new translations of Faust and Molière's plays.