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JUDIT SZANISZLÓ: She Lets Me In

A story in snapshots

szaniszlo_beengedJudit Szaniszló’s book is like an Eastern European Bridget Jones’s Diary. The world of a thirty-something woman in Hungary unfolds from this book, with familiar, everyday problems – loneliness, relationships, life in an office – presented from a fresh and original perspective. Szaniszló, who is also a blogger, writes clear and simple stories in a style that is immediately accessible and yet of high literary quality – one reviewer dubbed it as ‘a literary reality show.’ These are cheeky, acerbic and sensitive stories, leaving the reader curious as to what will become of the protagonist, with whom it is easy to identify and whom it is easy to like.

An Eastern European Bridget Jones’s Diary in the style of Jonathan Franzen

György Petri Award 2015

Product details
ISBN 978 963 1433 74 6
2016, hard cover with jacket
144 pages, 115×184 mm
2490 HUF

English excerpt available

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Serbian, Areté

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ZSUZSA TAKÁCS: The Deceptive-Looking Guest

Short stories

takacs_amegtevesztokulsejuA volume made up of 17 short stories, introduced by a Dedication in memory of the author’s parents, The Deceptive-looking Guest is a harrowingly personal book that meditates on the interconnectedness of historical and personal, family traumas, and whose predominantly first-person narrators occasionally ”inhabit” the bodies and identities of strangers, close or distant family members, switching gender. Most of the stories walk the line between an enhanced, hyper-lucid perception of the world of objects and persons, and a pervasive oneiric, nightmarish mode, erupting in memorable images, all the more intense for the rigorously bare language used. In a subdued way, these stories offer an anatomy of personal responsibility and of the functioning of dictatorships. Many also have as subtexts, or respond to, passages from the Divine Comedy, St. John of the Cross, Pessoa, or Borges – texts/authors with which the author engaged creatively, having also translated some. The setting is mostly Budapest, portrayed as a terrain of loneliness and indistinct threat; the time encompasses the (silenced) troubles of the postwar and post-1956 periods, the consolidated placidity of the 1970s-80s, up to the years after the regime change when resurfacing neonationalism and neofascism brought out the complicit continuities in power. Takács’s stories, just like her poetry, belong to the most intense and unique writings of melancholy in our time.

Product details
ISBN 978 963 1425 60 4
2007, hard cover with jacket
200 pages, 123 × 184 mm
2490 HUF

English excerpts and detailed synopsis available

Zsófia Bán

ZSÓFIA BÁN: When There Were Only Animals

Short stories

ban-zsofia_amikormegcsakHow many images do we have of ourselves? Of others? Of our culture? In her book, Zsófia Bán finds many ways, and as many captivating stories to ask and answer these questions. What is a picture? An image? Is it the shift in life, love, and chemistry, as one person replaces the other in the snapshots of a love triangle’s unexpected events? Or the flickering attraction between a taxi driver and a passenger, doomed because some things are just too hard to change? Is it the intimate secret behind the first ever X-ray picture and its laconic caption made by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895? From the jigsaw pieces of recurring motifs and characters throughout the book, we can also discover a family history played out in 20th century Eastern Europe and outposts of exile from Antarctica to South America, told from the perspective of mothers and daughters. When There Were Only Animals is a book about relationships. It is wonderful, passionate, and clever. And very entertaining.

A passionate book about relationships

Shortlisted for Der Internationaler Literaturpreis 2014

Product details
ISBN 978 963 1430 10 3
2012, hard cover with jacket
216 pages, 123×184 mm
2690 HUF

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German, Suhrkamp – Shortlisted for Der Internationaler Literaturpreis 2014

English excerpts, complete German translation available

 

Zsófia Bán

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PÁL ZÁVADA: Our Alien Body

Novel

zavada_idegentestunkThe novel is set in a photographer’s studio in September 1940, at a gathering of relatives, friends and lovers, all linked by the single figure of the hostess, Janka Weiner – her cousin who works in a fashion boutique, her seminarian brother, a military attaché, a young poet, a reporter, girlfriends, and journalists. Some of these people have German, others Hungarian or Jewish roots, others are less simple to define. They are simultaneously enthralled by news of regained territory, lost in World War I, and shocked by the newly introduced race laws. Where have they come from, and what will become of them when the war is over?

Product details
ISBN 978 963 14 2653 3
2008, hard cover with jacket,
390 pages, 123×184 mm
2990 HUF

 

Pál Závada

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PÁL ZÁVADA: Natural Light

Novel, 632 pages with b&w photos, 2014

zavada_termeszetes_feny_webPál Závada’s magnum opus is a novel about World War II, as well as the years leading up to it and following it. The story narrates the life of inhabitants of a large Slovak- populated village in Hungary, at home and in various locations in Central and Eastern Europe. Amid a multitude of characters, the story of two families stands out. Though the children of the former judge and those of the Jewish photographer grew up together, their lives take very different turns. In Natural Light the reader is swept along by existing, lost, and even imagined photos, letters, diaries and fictitious work-camp reports, and confronted with the everyday experience of the war. Meanwhile, some become perpetrators, others victims.

Product details
ISBN 978 963 14 3169 8
2014, hard cover with jacket,
632 pages, 145×225 mm
6990 HUF

Rights
Photo copyrights are cleared, and sold with text rights, photo files are handed over free of charge
English excerpts available

Rights sold
Slovak, Slovart

 

Pál Závada