The long list of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2008 has been announced. Péter Nádas' Own Death, an account of the writer's heart attack, with a hundred and sixty photos of one single tree taken by the author, is among the 137 books nominated by libraries the world over. – Zsófia Bán's review.
As the year-and-a-half-long Hungarian Cultural Season in Germany (Ungarischer Akzent) draws to a close, the Hungarian stand at the greatest book event in the world has some remarkable events in store for visitors of the fair.
"we sniffed our new friends out hungrily and tried to figure out exactly what everyone else was trying to figure out why they lived together was it like our neighbor innocently imagined that they were no more than colleagues or cousins for whom it was easier and cheaper together or was it because like us they were secret lovers"
Touch me not, Flore! is obviously not the beginning of a new creative stage for Márton, but rather a delightful story written by a writer liberated from some oppressing weight. The style of this book shows another facet of Márton's prose: here, his usual ”narrative arbitrariness” follows the pattern of pulp novels and operetta librettos.
András Mezei (1930) is a major poet and writer whose novel The Miracle Worker, a story about Budapest in 1943-44 seen from the point of view of Hungarian Jews, has been translated into English. He has just published his collected poems (Hármas könyv, Belvárosi Könyvkiadó, 2007).
"All these forgotten destinies had an effect on the kid. In point of fact, the whole world is a conspiracy like this one, as hatched upon us by others. These people exist in order to take the grievances they have accumulated in their lives out on us in the most devious way possible, and by the time you notice, you are already standing there with a knife in your hand ready to kill someone."