Oravecz records the history of the disintegration of rural culture as though he was retelling the myth of Atlantis. The Ditch of Ondrok is a three-generation story taking place in a Hungarian village, spanning from a grandfather who had fought in the liberation war of 1848 to a grandson who had emigrated to America just before the turn of the century.
young-adult novel Nothing (2000) caused controversy in Denmark and was
banned for a time before it became compulsory reading in Danish
schools. Her 2004 novel If Scandinavia Were at War shows the
hopelessness of refugees and paints a dire picture of the majority
society. Janne Teller was one of the guest writers of the International
Book Festival in Budapest this year.
Chickens rotate slowly in a shop window. Six plucked chickens. The place
is no longer called a butcher shop; it is Meat Palace now. We’re having
a heat wave. The grilled chickens complete another turn on the spit.
In a world in which market-oriented sensations rule, even as the celebrations carry on he dares look in the eye the expropriation of the fatelessness which his fate has become. He calls it his clown nature.