Besides being the story of a brave coming out in 1990s Hungary, Incognito is a remarkable debut of a promising writer, a novel which traces the inner development of an individual.
Incognito is a gripping account of how a young boy, a keen soccer-player who lives in the outskirts of Budapest discovers the stranger – the Other – in his own personality and body. The novel tells the story of how Tibor finds his alter ego, Noémi, in himself, and how he manages to accept, and make people around him accept, this newly-found identity. Besides being the story of a brave coming out in 1990s Hungary, Incognito is a remarkable debut of a promising writer, a novel which traces the inner development of an individual. Tibor Noé Kiss has found a melancholy rhythm, a sensitive and gentle yet powerful prose, and an original perspective to match his topic, the growth of a young man, and the woman in him.
While Incognito is specifically about the life of a transgender person in society, his interactions and sexuality, the temptation of suicide, the desire to be known and loved, and the painful awareness of the impossibility of it, it is also an account of the pain and solitude of our human condition, which happens to be concentrated here in the protagonist’s gender insecurity.
I’m a transvestite, there’s nothing special about this. That is what I should answer when they ask me, but they don’t ask me even though they would love to ask me, and I would love to answer, too… I want to make it clear. I’m a transvestite, but not in that sense. There is nothing special about this. I’m a transvestite, but not that kind.”
I think nobody has ever crossed that pedestrian bridge in a woman’s suit. Only me. That’s what I call a unique experience.”
ISBN 978 963 1434 80 4
2016, hard cover with jacket
148 pages, 125×197 mm
Polish, Książkowe Klimaty
English and French excerpts available