05. 31. 2017. 15:30

Brody Lit Night – David Szalay

Join us to peek inside David Szalay's head on June 6th! Hungarian Literature Online and Brody Studios' next monthly literary discussion evening for members of Brody Club, their guests, and the readers of HLO is here again. Our new guest is the Booker Prize nominee, David Szalay!

On Tuesday 6 June at 8 p.m., Hungarian Literature Online is holding its last monthly literary discussion evening before the summer break with a very special guest. So far our nights have brought you talks with an exciting range of the best contemporary Hungarian authors and poets in a warm atmosphere, tailored to an English-speaking audience. Each evening featured a different invited writer in discussion in English with one of the editors of HLO, with readings from their translated work and plenty of scope for contributions from the audience. 

Topics have ranged from dictatorships to pirate radio, and the difficulties of being a rapper. Yet again we've got something completely different; we'll be in conversation with the English writer, local Budapest resident and Man Booker prize nominee David Szalay.

Born in 1974 in Canada to a Hungarian father and Canadian mother, raised in the UK and now living in Hungary, Szalay's latest work 'All That Man Is' won the Gordon Burn Prize, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and was listed among The Guardian's best books of 2016. The book is a portrait of modern-day masculinity and modern-day Europe, introducing us to nine men of varying generations, in nine separate locations around Europe, linked by themes of male desire and failure. Female reviewers have described it as finally seeing over the fence, the book takes us from interrailing English teenagers in Prague and young Hungarians working in the shadier industries of London to suicidal billionaires on yachts.

In our interview made with the author when asked about European identity he explained what he wanted to write about was time, even more than place. "It is still important to me, however, that the book somehow reflects contemporary Europe. I hope it does. And of course the nature of our continent at this moment affects all of our lives in ways that are pervasive, but perhaps not easy to summarise. I suppose one thing is that there is an unprecedented amount of movement around the continent – of people, goods, information. And as we have seen in the last year or two (since I finished my book), this has now reached such a scale that it is provoking widespread political reactions."

So join us and David Szalay for one last glass at Brody Studios before the heat really kicks in and the stag parties arrive. 

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Event schedule:

18.00 Doors open

20.00 Discussion starts


Entrance fee:

Members: 1000 HUF | Guests: 1500 HUF




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