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Hungarian autumn in New York October 01, 2007 12:28 PM

From Krúdy's erotic carnival to Nádas' fire and knowledge

As part of the preparations for the Hungarian Cultural Season in 2009, this autumn the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York is featuring readings and lectures by Hungarian authors. New books by Krúdy and Nádas as well as plays by Kornél Hamvai and János Háy will be presented in New York in the months to come.

The presentation of Gyula Krúdy's Sunflower (1918), a 1997 translation republished by New York Review Books, an ”erotic carnival” according to an LA Times review, will be one of the outstanding events of the season. The novel, translated by John Bátki, will be presented to the American audience by the eminent historian and Krúdy specialist, John Lukacs.
Hungary will be the guest country of Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival, a three-day long art event to be held at the foot of Brooklyn Bridge at the end of September showcasing young Hungarian artists such as the HINTS group, Ágnes Eperjesi, Csaba Nemes, Andrea Schnéemeier, Hajnal Németh and a street action group known as the Two-Tailed Dog Party. The festival also features American artists who were asked by the Hungarian Cultural Center to create artwork ”inspired” by stuffed cabbage, a typical Hungarian dish.
At the beginning of October, American artists will read Kornél Hamvai's Castel Felice (see our review) and János Háy's Géza-Boy (see our review on Háy's dramas and read an excerpt from Géza-Boy) to producers and the theatre-loving audience.
Péter Nádas will be the guest of the Cultural Center on the occasion of the recent publication of a collection of his essays and short stories by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The day after the book presentation Paul Holdengräber will interview the writer as part of the conversation series of the New York Public Library, where previous guests included Orhan Pamuk and Günter Grass.
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