At an end-of-the-year event organized by the Hungarian Ministry of National Cultural Heritage Minister of Culture András Bozóki introduced the newly appointed directors of the Hungarian Institute in Paris and the Hungarian Cultural and Information Centre in Stuttgart as well as the curator of the 2006/2007 Hungarian season in Germany.
Závada is intrigued by the question of individual and collective responsibility in the events of the twentieth century, and the narrative form he uses makes his novel a real novelty: letting different groups of narrators speak seems to be the proper form for verbalizing all the possible questions the twentieth century raised in terms of collective responsibility.
The last interview with recently deceased writer István Eörsi on writing children’s poems about cancer; on how being in prison after the 1956 revolution makes one a better writer; on Georg Lukács; and on how someone who loves pig brawn and brandy cannot hear the music of the spheres.
Hungarian literature is in the focus of the 135/136th issue of Podium. The Austrian literary magazine is published twice a year, and each issue is dedicated to the literature of one country, with a representative selection of prose, poetry and drama pieces, as well as reviews and artwork.
László Krasznahorkai’s novel War and War (Háború és Háború), the story of an archivist who finds a mysterious manuscript and devotes his life to preserving it to eternity, is soon to be published in English by New Directions in the translation of George Szirtes.
How can one, in spite of all the doubts and technical obstacles, tell the story of someone growing up in Budapest and its surroundings during the 60s and the 70s? How can one create a classically structured story with the help of modern and even postmodern techniques?