06. 13. 2016. 12:44

87th Festive Book Week 2016: New books

Péter Esterházy on pancreas cancer, Pál Závada on anti-Semitic pogroms in Hungary after World War II, Zsófia Bán on the role of images in cultural memory, and Anna Menyhért on Renée Erdős, the most popular woman writer of the beginning of the 20th century.

Péter Esterházy: Pancreas Diary

"Cancer, that's the word," is how Péter Esterházy starts his diary. What can you do when the body, there all along in the service of your work, decides to revolt against writing? How does a writer, whose works were all based on the inseparability of reality and fiction, record the days of his illness? What happens to his 'ontological serenity' when mortal illness becomes everyday practice? Can you write about pancreatic cancer as a love affair? (Magvető)

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Pál Závada: A Market Day

What makes people attack other people in a mob? What are those habits which trigger beastly instincts? Which ones among the villagers will set off to attack their neighbors who had just come back from the place where they had been deported to be killed, but managed to return? How does someone become a lyncher? Pál Závada's new book attempts to trace the anti-Semitic pogroms in Hungary after World War II. (Magvető)

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Zsófia Bán: The Turul Bird and the Dinosaur

In her essays, Zsófia Bán examines the role of images in cultural memory. She explores how images show the painful, inadmissible dark spots of our past and present. The protagonist of this book is lack – whatever is missing from or suppressed in our memory – narrated in images. And the topics are film, photography, visual art and literature, as well as the great scandals of the 20th and 21st centuries. Read excerpt in English here. (Magvető)

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Anna Menyhért: A Free Woman. A novelized biography of Renée Erdős

"The greatest writer of our times committed suicide," the newsboy shouts on July 3, 1905 in Budapest. A cab passes by, and the woman sitting in it listens to the newsboy with shock and horror. The woman is the writer's lover, Renée Erdős. Was it because of her – because of their breakup? Besides her love affair with Sándor Bródy, Renée Erdős is known to posterity for her erotic novels. A modern poet, the first woman who could make a living from writing; a celebrated author who was the first to write about women's desire candidly, Renée Erdős was also a lonely soul in search of herself, trying to survive in a world which was suspicious of women who wanted more than what the norms allowed them to do. Anna Menyhért's novel narrates the life of the most popular woman writer of the beginning of the 20th century: her love affairs, her dilemmas, and her struggle for happiness. (General Press)

Tags: Zsófia Bán, Renée Erdős, Anna Menyhért, Péter Esterházy, Pál Závada