And as long as you live, something can always happen.

Antal Szerb
Krisztina Tóth's short story Pigeon in translation by Barney Bardsley with Krisztina Levine.
Endre Ady: Night-Ride on a Cart and Other Poems

Endre Ady: Night-Ride on a Cart and Other Poems

In celebration of Endre Ady's centenary, here are five poems translated by Donal Gordon from the translator's new collection of Ady's poetry: Sixty-Four Poems.

Shortlist for the 2019 Aegon Prize Announced

Shortlist for the 2019 Aegon Prize Announced

The most eagerly-anticipated literary shortlist of the year includes a plethora of stories in both verse and prose. Ten works by ten authors are in competition, but who will collect the Aegon Artist’s Prize, and with it both three million forints, and a host of evenings and events?

Dezső Tandori Has Died

Dezső Tandori Has Died

I would have liked it if it was that way. / It wasn't that way. / I asked: be that way. / So it became that way.

Dénes Krusovszky: "Every decision is a necessary abdication."

Dénes Krusovszky: "Every decision is a necessary abdication."

Dénes Krusovszky speaks about his debut novel Those Who We Shall Never Be (Akik már nem leszünk sosem, Magvető 2018) in an interview with Owen Good

Endre Ady Died 100 Years Ago

Endre Ady Died 100 Years Ago

A short commemoration to Endre Ady who died on 27 January, 100 years ago, one of the greatest Hungarian poets and one of the most important figures of Hungarian political journalism.

The HLO Podcast: Andrew Fentham

The HLO Podcast: Andrew Fentham

  Young English poet and translator of Hungarian poetry Andrew Fentham talks Hungarian poetry and translation with Owen Good in the first of a new series of podcasts for HLO.

The Broken Things Are Most Important

The Broken Things Are Most Important

In Edina Szvoren's short stories, chest-constricting remoteness, strangled emotion, a lack of understanding and a collective sense of shame bind families together. - A review of Edina Szvoren's Verseim (My Poems).

Edina Szvoren has won Miklós Mészöly prize

Edina Szvoren has won Miklós Mészöly prize

Edina Szvoren has won this year’s Miklós Mészöly prize, which was awarded to her in Mészöly’s birthplace, Szekszárd.

Ferenc Rákóczi II - Memoirs

Ferenc Rákóczi II - Memoirs

In that awkward situation I had no time to lose and had to make a choice: either defence in a thatched house surrounded by a hedge, or a no less dangerous retreat from the cavalry. - An extract from the memoirs of Ferenc Rákóczi II, due early this year from Corvina Press.

Ferenc Rákóczi II Confessio Peccatoris

Ferenc Rákóczi II Confessio Peccatoris

Anyone may say or write what he wishes about the causes of the Hungarian war and its outcomes. - An extract from the autobiography Confessio peccatoris of Ferenc Rákóczi II, due this year from Corvina.

With Pure Heart

With Pure Heart

From 2006, in rememberance of Michael Castro: six poems by Attila József translated by Gábor G. Gyukics and Michael Castro.

Michael Castro Has Died at 73

Michael Castro Has Died at 73

Michael Castro, Poet Laureate of St. Louis, and translator of Hungarian poetry, has died at the age of 73.

The Generation We Shall Never Be

The Generation We Shall Never Be

In 2017 there's no lie that could keep Bálint and his friends at home. - A review of Dénes Krusovszky's Those Who We Shall Never Be (Akik már nem leszünk sosem, Magvető 2018)

“Be prepared!” So, we were.

“Be prepared!” So, we were.

Zsófia Bán speaks to HLO about the launch of Night School this January with Open Letter Books.

Monoliths of Madness

Monoliths of Madness

A review of László Krasznahorkai’s The Manhattan Project and Aprómunka Egy Palotáért ('Spadework for a Palace')

Lajos Grendel has died aged 70

Lajos Grendel has died aged 70

One of the most significant contemporary Hungarian writers, a prominent figure in Slovakian Hungarian literature, Lajos Grendel has died aged 70.

A Varied and Unsettling Reader For Our Times

A Varied and Unsettling Reader For Our Times

Award-winning Brazilian/Hungarian essayist, historian, and critic Zsófia Bán's fiction debut presents itself as a tongue-in-cheek student textbook, in Jim Tucker's translation.

Marianna D. Birnbaum: Untold Tales of Love and Shame (An Excerpt)

Marianna D. Birnbaum: Untold Tales of Love and Shame (An Excerpt)

She kisses my forehead, lets herself down in the armchair next to me and takes my left hand, the one that still works after the stroke.  – We are pleased to bring you an excerpt from Marianna D. Birnbaum's novel, translated by the author herself and Judith Flesch Rose.

Hungary at the Slovene Book Fair

Hungary at the Slovene Book Fair

Hungary participated as guest of honour at the 34th Slovene Book Fair held 20-25 November 2018. The programme was organised by the Ljubljana Balassi Institute in cooperation with Publishing Hungary.