12. 01. 2018. 17:47

Hungary at the Slovene Book Fair

Hungary participated as guest of honour at the 34th Slovene Book Fair held 20-25 November 2018. The programme was organised by the Ljubljana Balassi Institute in cooperation with Publishing Hungary.

On 21 November, there was a roundtable discussion “International Book Promotion in Slovenia and Hungary” including both Hungarian and Slovenian speakers. There was much intrigue around the book launch of Vilmos Kondor’s crime novel Budapest Noir, and the showing of the feature film adaptation. Poets Roland Orcsik, István Vörös and Ottó Tolnai personally launched the Contemporary Hungarian Poetry Anthology.

On 22 November, featured László Göncz and Albert Halász, Hungarian writers of the Prekmurje region in Slovenia, and a discussion with Slovenian and Hungarian slam poets talking about international and national traits of the genre. István Pion represented Hungary.


On 23 November, a large crowd gathered for a discussion with writer Laszlo F. Földényi and his Slovenian publisher about his novel Melancholy on the Writers’ Stage. The documentary film on Béla Hamvas: Notably Unnoted (Nevezetes névtelen) was a similar success, as well as the discussion after with the locally popular Hungarian author. Slovenian school groups were welcomed to take part in the Pál Street Boys game. Later a discussion was held on the possibilities open to the translation of lesser-spoken languages, with the Hungarian participant Károly Méhes from the journal Jelenkor. On the Kulinartfest Stage for dedicated to culinary delights, the Hungarian and Slovenian publishers of Budapest Desserts launched the new cookbook and offered tasters. The Hot Jazz Band closed the Hungarian programme for that day.


On 24 November Péter Nádas, the guest of honour, was interviewed by his Slovenian translator about the background of Parallel Stories on the main stage. Afterwards, dancer Ferenc Fehér performed Station.

At the Hungarian stand contemporary and classic Hungarian works of literature were available in Slovenian. Among others was a collection of poetry by Ottó Tolnai, the Contemporary Hungarian Poetry Anthology, the novels of Sándor Márai, Ferenc Molnár, László F Földényi, Kinga Tittel, Éva Janikovszky, Vilmos Kondor and Péter Nádas, and Tamás Bereznay’s book on the desserts of Budapest. At the Slovene Book Fair, ten Hungarian works were published in Slovenian translation, and nine writers and members of the literary world took the stage, across twenty-four separate Hungarian literary events.