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Dignity in Perilous Times: Arany is Worth His Weight in Gold

Posted by Wilhelm Droste | | filed under:

This year the Hungarians celebrate their greatest poet prince, and yet the world will scarcely notice. His name is János Arany. He was born two centuries ago, on 2 March 1817, in what was then ...

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Declaration on the Common Language

Posted by Saša Ilić | | filed under: ,

Zagreb – Sarajevo – Podgorica – Belgrade So far, thousands of citizens across the territory of the former Yugoslavia have signed the Declaration on the Common Language. This Declaration ruffled a ...

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ELit Book Tip: Róbert Milbacher’s The Virgin Mary’s Fiancé

Posted by Mark Baczoni | | filed under: ,

Let me develop that thought by looking at another recent Hungarian book, Róbert Milbacher’s The Virgin Mary’s Fiancé. Humour, for me, is almost never absent from life. It’s absent mostly in art – in ...

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ELit Book Tip: Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

Posted by Rosie Goldsmith | | filed under: ,

Sonja Hansen is forty-something, unhappy, single, a Danish translator of Swedish crime novels, living in bustling, modern Copenhagen, originally from remote, rural West Jutland. She decides to learn ...

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ELit Book Tip: Patrick Boucherons "Histoire mondiale de la France“

Posted by Katja Petrovic | | filed under: ,

France’s election campaign was in full swing. The Conservatives and French far-right wing parties have done their best to bolster their ideas about national identity...

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ELit Book Tip: Juliana Kálnay’s strong debut “A House which is Deep in the Bones”

Posted by Rainer Moritz | | filed under: ,

Novels can naturally be written about people who live on remote farms in the Markgraviate of Brandenburg or who spend their days in stately villas in even more elegant suburbs along the...

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ELit Book Tip: Karim Miské’s Graphiv Novel “N’appartenir”

Posted by Katja Petrovic | | filed under: ,

It could be his films, books or articles – for Karim Miské, everything revolves around one main question: belonging. From a young age, the son...

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ELit Book Tip: Guy Delisle‘s Bestseller Gracphiv Novel “Hostage”

Posted by Christian Gasser | | filed under: ,

The French-Canadian comic book author Guy Delisle landed a bestseller with his illustrations from international hot spots like “Pyongyang”, “Birma” or “Jerusalem”. In his latest book, “Hostage” he...

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The Unhappy Children of Central Europe

Posted by Mark Baczoni | | filed under: ,

It seems to me that there’s a theme in recent Hungarian literature, the literature of writers who grew up mainly in the seventies, and that is the theme of the unhappy child.

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ELit Book Tip: Fatma Aydemir’s debut novel “Ellbogen”

Posted by Rainer Moritz | | filed under: ,

Is it possible, is it allowed? Can a convincing novel emerge when an author has barely gained perspective on current events? When she makes the characters think about Angela Merkel’s refugee policy ...

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