" 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.
A record-breaking crowd of readers and an unusually warm spring sun welcomed the 16th Budapest International Book Festival at Millenáris Park, between 23-26 April. This booming full-house book fair carried on the traditions of its previous years and drew an audience of over 61 thousand.
Five Hungarian writers will participate at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York. The event is also a featured programme of ”Extremely Hungary”, a yearlong festival showcasing contemporary Hungarian visual, performing and literary arts in New York and Washington, D.C.
Similar to the character of Gyuri Köves in Imre Kertész’s Fatelessness, Gyuri Azarel is a young boy capable of intellectual observations far above what would normally be expected. Released from the rules and conventions that define an adult’s existence, a child can ask and say anything; in the case of Azarel, this results in a narrator who hides behind the mask of childhood in order to gain free expression.
In spite of the fact that Hungary’s overall trade in books rose by one percent in comparison to the previous year, 2008 still marks a period of stagnation for Hungarian publishers due to a rising inflation.
"Three Men on Love" was an evening devoted to a discussion between poets Ádám Nádasdy, Christopher Whyte and András Gerevich as part of the Europoetica Festival, held in Budapest in April 2008. The three poets talked about love and issues of literary creation in relation to homosexuality.