"But the worst of all was the silver cutlery, the fact that we ate with the silver cutlery every day, not only on Sunday or holidays. 'Why?' 'Because we haven't got anything else,' our father grinned. Our mother shook her head. The weight of the silver got imbedded in our hands. When we were invited somewhere, or at school, our hands could hardly switch to aluminum."
A total of 29 museums and public collections will be open from 6 pm on Saturday to early morning Sunday in Budapest. This will be the third annual Night of Museums, held on the Saturday closest to Midsummer Night. Public collections outside Budapest are expected to join the event next year.
Hungary is being introduced as the special guest country at this year's festival in Baden-Baden between the 18th and 27th of June. The event includes book displays, concerts, a talk-show and wine-tasting, as well as a competition for shops displaying Hungarian goods in their windows.
The poet whose first two volumes initiated a radical process of renewal within modern Hungarian poetry was born on December 8 1938. What we know about him is minimal: he was born and educated in Budapest, and was taught during his grammar school years by the poet Ágnes Nemes Nagy, who so to speak introduced him to literary society.
Three Hungarian novels have been selected by UNESCO to be recommended on the organization's website to publishers and potential sponsors for translation: Aranysárkány (Golden Dragon) by Dezso Kosztolányi , Hollóido (Time of the Crow) by István Szilágyi and Napraforgó (Sunflower) by Gyula Krúdy.