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.
Young Hungarians in the Yugoslav war. A mysterious bridge in the City Park of Budapest. Japan after Fukushima. A woman who murdered her husband. Self-destructive young people in Budapest. An orphan searching for his roots. Maxim Gorky's last years narrated by his nurse and last lover – and more. Hungarian fiction, 2015.