In his new novel Imre Oravecz tells the story of a Hungarian immigrant family in America at the end of the 19th century. We talked to the writer about the genesis of the novel, about how he left Hungary three times, and why he always came back.
“This crazy guy was the greatest genius among us”, Dezső Kosztolányi said about his friend Frigyes Karinthy. A new exhibition at the Petőfi Museum of Literature in Budapest focuses on Karinthy’s life and works, showcasing photos, manuscripts, objects and technical devices.
"Perhaps my novel could be called a search for identity on a national and personal – not to mention, pharmaceutical – level." - Interview with Matt Henderson Ellis, American expat author living in Budapest and editor of the Budapest-based literary review Pilvax Magazine.
Imre Oravecz's new novel, Californian Quail takes the reader into the world of Eastern European guest workers in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. The author spoke about the traumas and the predicament of Hungarian workers in America at a press breakfast in Budapest.
"If this was her fate, why rebel? It couldn’t get any better, only worse" – an excerpt from Hanele, a short novel about an ugly, miserable Jewish orphan girl in a pre-World War II shtetl. The book, rich in ethnographic detail and betraying strong empathy for the outcast, was written by the polymath writer and composer György Láng.
The next event in the Publishing Hungary programme, sponsored by the National Cultural Fund of Hungary, will be the Hungarian presence at the Leipzig Book Fair, one of the greatest literary events in Europe. The book fair will be held between 14 and 17 March, 2013.