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March 2018

Charged with Humanity: Six Hungarian Women Writers

Image: Maria Chilf, "Homesickness for an Unknown Landscape" (detail), 2009, mixed technique, chemical protective clothing, shoes, gloves, plastic, wood. Courtesy of the artist and VILTIN Galéria.

This month we present writing by six Hungarian women writers. Informed by multiple linguistic and international traditions, and blending interdisciplinary artistic and critical expertise, these writers rank among the most acclaimed in Hungary today. Zsófia Bán gets under the skin of a Nobel laureate’s discovery. Réka Mán-Várhegyi heads to the pitch with a woman who finds herself mysteriously turned into Lionel Messi. Kinga Tóth interrogates illness through imagery. Zsuzsa Selyem channels the despair of a homeless prostitute ravaged by time and alcohol. Edina Szvoren eavesdrops on a strained mother-daughter encounter. And Krisztina Tóth plants the seeds of a classic cross-cultural (and cross-culinary) miscommunication. We thank our guest editors, Ágnes Orzóy and Erika Mihálycsa. Elsewhere we spotlight literature from Lithuania.

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Reviewed by Andrew Hungate

In a Japan that has once again closed its borders to the outside world, the infant Mumei and his great-grandfather Yoshiro face the perils of a dysfunctional society that seems hauntingly familiar

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