A terrible throne. It hovers above / the vortex of a pillar of fire. / Instead of seraphs and griffins, small figures / bustle below, their bones aglow. / Their brittle arms: a blighted forest / of flapping wings or flailing rods / gesticulating, lost in space / amidst the silent spokes of light.
Published last year in English in Tim Wilkinson's translation, László Fábián’s experimentalist 1976 novel mirrors the pantheistic world of a highly sensitive child gradually maturing into an artist, who identifies with the great explorer, Roald Amundsen.
"I toyed with an idea that I – as a decent Christian – never entertained before: what if the central signifier of all the metaphors and concepts of Christianity was not a beautiful, young, healthy but tortured male body... but a female body." - An interview from 2011 with the recently deceased poet, Szilárd Borbély.
In 1983, literary historian Lóránt Kabdebó conducted a series of interviews with Miklós Szentkuthy. These interviews — confessions — were later published in a book form. The excerpt published here is about the genealogy of Szentkuthy's monumental masterpiece, Prae, forthcoming in English from Contra Mundum Press.
Zsófia Bán discovers a whole new continent for Hungarian and women’s literature, including an ironic and feminist rereading. And all this is done not with the hubris of a conquistador but the sensitivity of the cultural translator.
János Nyíri was one of those talented, promising young men whose lives were radically changed by the dramatic events of the 20th century. He gave account of his experiences in novels and plays which were successful abroad but remained unnoticed in Hungary.