I was always fascinated by the legends of Budapest – this city is my permanent muse. However traumatized and injured it is, however moody its inhabitants are these days, I love Budapest dearly, and I think it would be impossible for me to ever leave it.
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.
A selection of essays by Béla Hamvas, entitled Trees, has been published recently by Editio M, a Hungarian publishing house dedicated to promoting the works of the legendary Hungarian philosopher and writer, both in Hungarian and in foreign languages.
From Iván Sándor’s novel we can learn much about the real world and about the history of Eastern Europe (namely the events of 1956 and 1968, as well as the Budapest of recent times). We learn even more about the metatheses of the creatures in this world – their elective affinities about love and friendship, faith and unfaithfulness, honour and dishonour.
K. dosszié (The K File), a new autobiographical novel written by Imre Kertész, has been published lately by Magveto Publishing. The book is, Kertész says, “uniquely personal”, written with the pronounced purpose of clearing up the misunderstandings that have been surrounding him since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2002.