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Passages: From The Pendragon Legend, by Antal Szerb

“Your way of life isn’t compatible with premeditated murder. I don’t think you’d even pick a flower, you have such a horror of any form of violence. 434 more words

Anna Szabó

Fog everywhere: anxiety was a tight
cold sleepless night;
that’s my life I thought and felt it glide
swiftly away but I wasn’t part of the ride; 31 more words


József Tornai

  I’ll write my arm out in stars,
my legs in blood-boltered ash trees, so that words
          may be transmogrified into all my organs
                              one after another… 48 more words


Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb

Another book in translation! This was recommended by a co-worker and wow, what a recommendation. Written in 1937 but not translated into English until 1994, this compelling, strange and beautiful novel deserves a much wider audience. 188 more words


Captivity by György Spiró (a glorious first read of the year, although I am not yet finished)

Behold Captivity, a novel of a mere 832 pages, each one riveting me to the story of Uri and his companions who are on a mission traveling from Jerusalem to Rome. 317 more words

Translated Literature

Review: Berlin-Hamlet --- Poetry by Szilárd Borbély

I received a review copy of this title from NYRB.  This collection was published in the original Hungarian in 2003 and this English version has been translated by Ottilie Mulzet. 1,069 more words


Any Interest in a Read-Along of Captivity by György Spiró?

Behold this book, Captivity, winner of the Aegon Literary Award, translated from Hungarian, and coming in at a mere 864 pages, it is not for the “subway reader.” 111 more words