It’s a fact: in summer, people go on holiday. Why? Because the sun is shining; it’s hot; work is scarce; or the family is together, and everybody is fed up with Budapest – where we all love living, if it weren’t for the concrete soaking in the heat, the streets stinking of dog shit and other decomposing biological waste.
One of our most versatile poets. An arrestingly colourful personality. If you ask me, he is the person I would hire to popularise poetry in secondary school classes. His career as a poet started late, but has remained unbroken ever since; his life's course has been structured and criss-crossed by profound human drama.
"There are poets who rewrite the same poem all their lives. Among those who were particularly close to Zsuzsa Beney, Emily Dickinson … was such a poet, and … Zsuzsa Beney herself is certainly like that." (Péter Pór) – Zsuzsa Beney, poet, essayist, physician and university lecturer, died on 12 July 2006.
The events within the castle and the pursuit of the MS are saturated in a tone of frivolity, where the chief topoi and motifs of European culture are turned inside out with an elegant and nonchalant sleight of a hand, a silk-gloved one. As an added bonus, the attentive reader gains a tremendous wealth of erudition in this totally pain-free process.
His long, beautifully written secret reports were highly critical of my works, many of which he helped to complete. He called them “the products of a madman” to his state security employers. “Let us give him more state commissions,” he wrote in one of his reports, “so he won’t have time for his own anti-socialist stupidities.”
The organizers chose a perfect location for the sixth incarnation of POSZT, a national theatre festival held June 8-17, 2006. The town of Pécs – with its theatres, puppet theatre, cafés, art houses, galleries and Mediterranean atmosphere – is the perfect venue for a great theatre festival and its innumerable side-programs.
Péter Esterházy's novel Introduction to Literature (Einführung in die schöne Literatur, Berlin Verlag, 2006) was chosen by the jury of the Austrian Radio and Television (ORF) as best book for the month of July.
Péter Esterházy was recently awarded the literary prize of the city of Bari, Italy – an award that had previously been given to authors like the Spanish Luis Sepúlveda, the Israeli A. B. Yehoshua and the British philosopher Eric Hobsbawn in the last few years.
"Looking for a better job, I decided to join a pyramid. The admission committee (the pyramid itself) judged my neck muscles suitable for the show; no particular objection was raised against my build. I was not supplied with any instructions or information; but then again, I didn't inquire either."