The mixture of fantastical elements and the ordinary events of a small village makes the prose of Margit Halász a true gem of magical realism. "Singing River" proves that the provincial milieu can indeed be a contemporary and actual topic in 21st century fiction.
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?
The Hungarian Cultural Centre, London, in association with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, is organizing an international conference to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the outstanding Hungarian poet, Attila József (1905-1937).
"It is actually quite fortunate that the first three volumes took him eighteen years to write. Ten years ago Nádas’ implacable humanism would have caught us much more unprepared." – An interview with the publisher of Parallel Stories, a new three-volume novel by Péter Nádas.
In 2006 the Adalbert von Chamisso Prize will be awarded to Zsuzsanna Gahse, a writer of Hungarian origin living in Switzerland. Gahse is also an eminent translator of contemporary Hungarian literature who has translated several novels by Esterházy and Nádas into German.