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.
A great month for Hungarian poetry in England: the magazine Modern Poetry in Translation celebrated its anniversary with Ted Hughes's translations of János Pilinszky; an exhibition of paintings commemorating Ferenc Békássy opened at the Michaelhouse Centre, Cambridge.
"One fine day a Martian turned up in Budapest, took a room in the Bristol Hotel, brushed the stardust from his suit and telephoned to inquire if I might show him round the town." A Martian’s Guide to Budapest is Antal Szerb's "whimsical and gently ironical love letter to the city."