A classic of Hungarian literature, this novel tells the story of a peasant Don Juan and leader of a village who, torn between the torpid bliss of his home life and a seething quest for prosperity, follows his urge to break the bonds of his low social status.
He gave his counter-argument, but it was sketchy and sweaty and desperate and above all: angry. The hush that followed testified that I had won the audience over, and put me at ease. We fell silent. No applause, not a single sound came. Then somebody in the first row said quite audibly, "What a pair of narcistic dumbfucks!"
In 2002 a Jewish man recalls the dying days of the Hungary’s Nazi occupation and how, as a fourteen-year-old, he and his family were to be sent to the death camps before coming under the protection of legendary Swiss Vice-Consul, Carl Lutz. – An excerpt from Iván Sándor’s haunting novel, newly translated into English.
Sándor Jászberényi has worked as a correspondent in conflict zones for Hungarian newspapers for many years. His first collection of short stories, The Devil is a Black Dog (2013), is based on his experiences as a journalist in the Middle East.
Dutch writer-journalist Toine Heijmans was the guest of Café Amsterdam Festival in Budapest. Orsolya Réthelyi talked to the writer about his first novel, "On the Sea," that has been awarded the prestigious French prize, Prix Médicis étranger.
If you create a completely authentic character, we will believe everything you say. And this is precisely what Árpád Kun, a Hungarian writer based in Norway, has done in his new novel. "Happy North" is the story of Aimé Billion, a descendant of voodoo sorcerers who emigrates to the Norwegian Fjordland.
Café Amsterdam, an international Dutch festival, will be held in Budapest for the first time this year, between 29-31 May. We talked to Mireille Berman of the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the organizer of the festival that will feature Dutch, Hungarian, British and American artists.