08. 29. 2017. 16:38

David Szalay: I think it's always a mistake for a writer to write for anybody else

Brody Lit Night

On 6 June, we invited the novelist David Szalay to join us and an audience over a spritzer at Brody Lit Night. Taking the lead from his latest book All That Man Is, we discussed being at home abroad, modern Europe, the many lives of men and the financial quagmires of quoting Led Zeppelin. For those of you who couldn't make it, here's the podcast!

On a sweltering night in early June, we invited the English novelist David Szalay to join us in conversation in front of an audience of HLO readers.

Between readings from his genre-twisting novel, Szalay spoke to us about living as a writer in a foreign country, about All That Man Is (nominated for the International Man Booker Prize in 2016), about the gritty parts of mens lives, about cosmopolitan Europe, and about how Led Zeppelin ask a fair buck to quote their lyrics.

If you missed it don't worry, you can join us at Brody Studios on 19 September, as we kick off a new season of the monthly Brody Lit Night with Zsófia Bán! But until then, listen back to our podcast with 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.

David Szalay gave an interview for HLO earlier, here you can read more about how he worked on All That Man Is and his Hungarian roots.

Owen Good