Critics are rather divided over Péter Nádas’s new work Siren Song, a play written on commission from Germany. This is little wonder as we are talking about a truly odd post-dramatic textual construct – a crude apocalypse, a crazy post-modernist death dance of Western civilization.
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.
"These poems, inspired by
paintings, are in no way interpretations of paintings. They are, rather,
interpretations of existence, like the poem about Boudin. Nothing
happens; the wind lifts a scarf, that sort of thing. But in the meantime
there is a whole drama about the meaning of life. How free are we? To
what extent are the unhappy guilty?" (Extract from an interview with Péter Kántor)
...an English historian of football recently came forward with the remarkable conclusion that football never would have become so widespread in England had the higher-ups not seen in it an effective remedy against masturbation in pubescent boys.