Kádár’s last utterance comprised the entire tragedy of this truly epoch-making character: a monarch, whose destiny is completed, whose life ends on the very day when the victim whom he had betrayed, Imre Nagy, is rehabilitated by the courts.
Eurozine, a network of Europe’s leading cultural journals, is an online magazine featuring texts taken from its partner journals on various pressing issues of our time, translated into English. HLO talked to editor Simon Garnett about the present, past and future of the magazine during the Budapest Book Festival.
Between the two rounds of the parliamentary elections in Hungary, HLO's sister site, Litera asked eleven writers to write a short note in which they describe their feelings about the political atmosphere in the country. A jury composed of five students from various Hungarian universities chose the best from the "national eleven".
Concepts such as the "greatness" of these works or, God forbid, a sensibility for transcendence are non-existent: the system offers them no houseroom. The outcome of all this is "fatal mediocrity." This is how László Földényi F. sees contemporary German literature.
"'Mother, I said they took everyone away, they raped every woman! You said they took away women here, too.’ ’Yes, but only those who were whores. You are not one,’ my mother said. They she threw herself on me and begged, ‘My dear, tell me it is not true!’ ‘All right,’ I said, ‘it is not true. They took me away just to nurse the sick.’"
The Budapest Book Festival, one of Hungary’s most popular cultural events, took place between 20-23 April this year. The festival, where 550 publishers exhibited 40-50 thousand books – among them 300 new publications – took place at the Budapest Congress Centre, on three levels.
"I had to go as far as America, to get to know the Hopis and the Pueblo Indians, to find my way back home. All in all, I wanted to get away; and long after I finally did, I realised it had been a mistake – in a way, a failure. However, it took me half of my life to understand this."
Ágens, the singer is no follower of any musical trend. Her singing and the style of her works have been compared to that of shamans and to the atmosphere of religious initiation rituals, as well as to jazz, György Kurtág and Meredith Monk. Nevertheless, we had far better avoid compulsive categorising and just listen to her music.