A man coughs and looks about with disgust and hatred. There's a man in a dress smoking, he thinks, I guess. I hate myself. I'm tired of hating myself. I'm furious for being tired of hating myself. One, two, three, four, five, eight, seventeen heartbeats. – An excerpt from Incognito by Tibor Noé Kiss.
The book is not a novel, but rather a collection of interlinked scenes from the life of an unnamed village, peopled with a rather peculiar cast of characters, both ethnic Hungarians and Gypsies, the ghost of the deported Jewish population hanging over them.– Róbert Milbacher’s first book, The Virgin Mary's Fiancé published by Magvető, reviewed by Mark Baczoni.
"it seemed he had some problem understanding the whole story, as if he hadn't heard the beginning of it over the saccharine wailing of Mustafa Sandal, or had missed a vital word in the discourse without which the whole was incomprehensible" – An excerpt from László Krasznahorkai's new collection of writing translated by George Szirtes.
All Szvoren’s characters are vibrating with sensitivity - they notice all the little things, they have heads full of thoughts and hearts heavy with feeling. – Edina Szvoren’s latest collection of short stories, The Best Executioner in the Land, published by Magvető, reviewed by Sara Zorandy.
Hungarian author, Zsófia Bán's essay was this weeks's featured piece in Asymptote's Translation Tuesday series and has now also appeared in the Guardian. Bán’s essay – translated by Erika Mihálycsa and Katalin Orbán – segues between her moving to Berlin and the wider refugee crises in Europe.
Krasznahorkai’s writing demonstrates how humanity’s finest ideals — beauty, order, harmony, justice and freedom — end up employed, or at least hopelessly entangled, with what is abhorrent: exploitation, violence, deceit and betrayal. These two shorts stories, newly translated into English, touch upon similar themes. – A new collection of Krasznahorkai's writing in English reviewed by Rita Horanyi.
Mother and the Ginns [“A muter meg a dzsinnek”] by Dóra Elekes (illustrated by Fruzsina Kun), published by Csimota, has been selected to be part of the prestigious White Ravens annual catalogue of book recommendations of international children’s and youth literature.