Borbély's The Splendours of Death examines the author's personal tragedy through three of the most deeply ingrained narratives of the separation of the soul from the body in the European mind: the Christian tale of the martyrdom of Jesus, the Hellenic legend of Amor and Psyche, and Hassidic parables and Jewish prayers.
"A big motivation for me in writing The Sisters Brothers was to do things you don't normally see in the
western genre. Typically, for example, the killers in a western are
nearly mute, and sort of stupid, or cruel. So I made my killer
protagonist a talkative, smart, poetic neurotic."
"Towards the end he kept saying / how he’s not to blame / that Imre Nagy died / or was killed / or whatever. / Murdered. / He asked: / isn’t he invited to the funeral? / And I said: no. / Because he never got notified. / And he says: / But the funeral is today! / And I say: / Yes, I know. / And then they came and took him away."
Everybody who knows something about football (and that’s about two billion people) knows that Hungarian football is dead. It didn’t die just now—its condition gradually deteriorated, and in the end it didn’t even recognize itself in the hospital—but on this day it has been pronounced clinically dead.