Are they composed confessions meant for publication, or extremely personal, intimate details from a famous writer suffering from a fatal disease? It matters whether we’re receivers or voyeurs in this story. - A review of the late Péter Esterházy's Pancreatic Journal by Kinga Forgách
Out of all the stellar authors whose works arose during the first decades of the 20th century, Dezső Kosztolányi (1885–1936) alone succeeded in capturing the hearts of colleague and reader alike. Surprisingly enough, this rare sense of loving devotion is still typical of the way readers continue to regard him today.
An unparalleled literary event in all of Europe, the Hungarian Festive Book Week turns 80 this year. It is the only event on the continent to focus on national culture and literature every single year since it was first organized in 1929, promoting authors and literary workshops in all major towns across the country.
"The lake’s rippled surface / Mirrored the sky with such clarity / One couldn’t tell / Which way was up or down. / Between the two, on horizon’s ebb, / In the light’s narrow beam, / A factory building loomed with metallic hue. / Only in Finland one sees / Such metaphysical form – I thought"
"Not that I have any knowledge of what evil is, not at all, / I haven’t a clue about the way the oak leaves are stuck in its flesh, / the way rough strings are looped around its hind legs and it is hung / on the rotten roof-beam of the shed dug deep in the ground, / it could be the corpse of a dog, a rabbit, or a fox, I can’t tell"
"...if you’re Hispanic you’re not expected to be clever, but interesting and exotic." – The Catalan philosopher Xavier Rubert de Ventós was the guest of his Hungarian publisher Typotex and the Cervantes Institute in Budapest on the occasion of the Hungarian release of his book Por que filosofia?
Can someone define themselves freely? This is Kertész's great theme in this volume of essays. Collectivism, he states, far from being merely an aspect of totalitarian regimes, "is the most characteristic feature of the twentieth century… and it thoroughly sweeps away both the individual and individuality".
Péter Zilahy, author of the dictionary-novel The Last Window-Giraffe, translated into more than 20 languages, is going to be a guest at Moth, a storytellers’ forum that has been called "New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal.
" In Russia, women are considered the better, more noble half of society, and I attempt to illustrate and emphasize this in my work." – Russian author Ludmila Ulitskaya spoke with us at the Budapest Book Festival, where she was this year's Guest of Honour.
"...our definition of literary genres is in serious need of revision." – Basque author Julia Otxoa and Spanish writer Eugenio Fuentes were invited as guest authors to Budapest’s 16th Book Festival. We asked them about their own as well as each other's work.