In 2002 a Jewish man recalls the dying days of the Hungary’s Nazi occupation and how, as a fourteen-year-old, he and his family were to be sent to the death camps before coming under the protection of legendary Swiss Vice-Consul, Carl Lutz. – An excerpt from Iván Sándor’s haunting novel, newly translated into English.
Diving deep into the traumatic past of the largest multiethnic city in the province of Vojvodina (today part of Serbia), the book gives a remarkable account of how the fragile hopes for peaceful coexistence are shattered by the violent waves of history.
A new translation of the novel that won Hungary's Big Read survey was launched last week at the Istanbul Book Fair. A story of patriotic heroism and romance, Géza Gárdonyi's novel recounts the improbable victory of the defenders of the fortress of Eger.
There are only instants, got it? Instants, instants counted by telephone companies. You can’t let a single instant pass without saying yes. If you start thinking the whole thing’s damned. Nothing matters but that it should cost money. If you cost money, you exist.
Péter Hajnóczy's recently discovered book follows the stories of ordinary people who got caught up in the net of the corrupt mental institutions of socialist Hungary where there was no one to protect the patients and from where there was no escape.
Nowadays things have got to a point where authors who cannot perform something special are not even invited to events anymore. Should writers be performing artists as well, or is it enough if they write good books, poet-novelist Orsolya Karafiáth asks.
Although he is now mostly remembered as a novelist, it is as a poet and translator of poetry that Sándor Márai first made his name in the literary world. The first translation of Márai's poems into English, entitled "The Withering World", was published in a dual-language edition by Alma Books.
Through the interpretation of various texts, Péter György takes the reader on a scholarly guided tour of Hungarian national ideology from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy right up to the transformation in nationalist politics brought about by the 2010 elections.
Great swarms of Hungarians are leaving the country, the biggest wave since the 1956 revolution was repressed. "You should leave the place that’s not good for you. Those who are leaving are right to do so. And they will regret it, just like those who will stay", poet and ex-MP Endre Kukorelly reckons.