04. 06. 2018. 09:13

Brody Lit Night with Gábor Schein

Join us for HLO Brody Studios Lit Night with the poet and writer Gábor Schein. We'll be in conversation with Gábor on Tuesday 17th April from 8 pm at Brody Studios.

Brody Lit Night with Gábor Schein

At 8pm on Tuesday 17 April in Brody Studios


Every month Hungarian Literature Online invites a new Hungarian writer in front of an international audience. Among others we’ve already held live events in English with György Dragomán, Ádám Nádasdy, Péter Závada, David Szalay, Zsófia Bán, Benedek Totth, Dénes Krusovszky, Dóra Elekes and most recently Kinga Tóth. We’ve spoken to translators, novelists, poets, former rappers and noise poets. This April we’re happy to introduce you to Gábor Schein, poet, author, playwright of verse drama and who recently published English translations of his first and second novels Mordechai and Lazarus.

Both of Schein’s novels trace the legacy of the Holocaust in Hungary. The Book of Mordechai tells the story of three generations in a Hungarian Jewish family, interwoven with the biblical narrative of Esther. Lazarus relates the relationship between a son, growing up in the in the final decades of late-communist Hungary, and his father, who survived the depredations of Hungarian fascists during World War II. Mordechai is an act of recovery—an attempt to seize a coherent story from a historical maelstrom. By contrast, Lazarus, like Kafka’s unsent letter to his own father, is an act of defiance. Against his father’s wish to never be the subject of his son’s writing, the narrator places his father at the center of his story. Together, both novels spea to a contemporary Hungarian society that remains all too silent towards the crimes of the past.


Previously on HLO:

The pharmakos of memory

Gábor Schein: The day after Christmas, 2011

Iriyam and Yonibe (excerpt)

the return of the letters (poems)


Event schedule:

18.00 Doors open

20.00 Discussion starts


Entrance fee:

Brody members: 1.000 HUF | Guests: 1.500 HUF




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