Daily for five days we uploaded a diary entry in Hungarian from Mark Baczoni, Ágnes Orzoy, Owen Good, and two guest contributions from friends of HLO and fellow literary translators Claudia Tatasciore and Jim Tucker. And just as we had hoped, each one told an entirely different story.
"I think German readers are sensitive to our difficulties, our problems, our pessimism; to our complex way of seeing things." – Ferenc Barnás talks us about his books published in German and English, and being one of the guests of Frankfurt Book Fair 2016.
"Being in a sense displaced, being away from home, has I think informed the whole book." - An interview with young novelist David Szalay, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Szalay discusses his work, his Hungarian roots and the experience of leaving London for Hungary.
We know shockingly little about the temporary and troubled period following the Second World War – most often we project onto it what we know of the later decades; and our notion of our knowledge (or ignorance) of the Holocaust is the perfect example. – A review of Pál Závada's latest novel by Teri Szűcs.
László Krasznahorkai's new novel, Baron Wenckheim's Return brings together his whole life's work, is both apocalypse and carnival, sensitive satire, drama, and tragic conclusion in which everyone will find what they're looking for. If you want to laugh, you'll laugh, if you want to be moved, you'll be moved.