The new volume of poetry by Zsuzsa Takács has found a captivating framework for the writing of the uncertainty of belief: the letters and diaries of Mother Teresa, which formulate her struggle between belief and unbelief.
A publisher of innovative and experimental
work from the beginning, New Directions’s main
aim today is to make the works of foreign writers known in the US. We
talked to Barbara Epler, editor-in-chief of New Directions at the Budapest Book Festival.
Many authors had written in many different ways about 1989 and its effect on politics and world history. Vágvölgyi takes a different angle as young supporting character and witness of the times: he approaches the Hungarian system change from the far end of the Cold War, creating a genre and rewriting the frontier lines.
In common with most British schoolchildren, I didn't receive much grounding in Hungarian literature. Even when, in my teenage years, I started exploring the literature of other (and in those days Hungary was particularly 'other') European cultures, Hungary was conspicuous by its absence.