Ádám Bodor's books describe a world that is foreign yet uncannily familiar to East European readers, an absurd world determined by obscure powers. Bodor's 1992 masterpiece, "The Sinistra Zone" will be published in English this August by New Directions.
Photographer Ferenc Berko (Nagyvárad, 1916 – Aspen, Colorado, 2000) was five years old when he left Hungary with his family. He worked and made a name for himself abroad, similarly to Brassaï, Capa, Hervé, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy and Munkácsi.
Weöres' poems came out in English a trifle too late. I wish it would have been otherwise, for in that year Weöres was one of the strongest candidates for the Nobel Prize which kept eluding Hungarians until Imre Kertész received it some years later.
Some more exciting new books: a sword-brandishing 17th century story by Péter Esterházy, a posthumous book about mental asylums in Communist Hungary by Péter Hajnóczy, a book of poetry in C minor by János Térey, a novel about St Teresa of Avila by Vilmos Csányi, and a new drug novel by Viktor Kubiszyn.