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Satantango, a novel by Laszlo Krasznahorkai  "...they trusted the new would not only erase the old but utterly replace it."

The misfortune of the people is highlighted by the rain which pours unceasingly down on them, through their windows and into their houses where the rats dwell and the mold grows. 443 more words

Hungarian Literature

They Were Counted by Miklós Bánffy

They Were Counted by Miklós Bánffy (1934) French title: Vos jours sont comptés. Translated from the Hungarian by Jean-Luc Moreau. 1,334 more words


Passages: From The Third Tower, by Antal Szerb

I felt my solitary happiness threatened by their happiness of the herd, because they were stronger than I was.

Provincial Hungarian life ca. 1899

In his introduction to the New York Review Books edition of Skylark, a 1924 novel by Dezso Kosztolanyi, Peter Esterhazy praises Kosztolanyi (1885-1936) as a master of rhyme and for modernizing (simplifying) the Hungarian sentence. 538 more words


Quote of the Week: The Blaze of Summer

On the other side of the closed blinds, in the scorched, withered garden, summer ignited a last blaze like an arsonist setting the fields on fire in senseless fury before making his escape.

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Longing for the unreachable past

Magda Szabó’s novel Katalin Street was originally published in 1969. It is now available in a new translation from the New York Review Books Classics… 616 more words

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Katalin Street: Magda Szabo

“In my dreams I call out to them, but they keep on walking, until finally they disappear from sight.” 

Magda Szabo’s wonderful novel, moves from 1934 to 1968 as it follows the fate of three neighbouring Hungarian families who live in  826 more words