Contemporary Jewish Writing in Hungary features works by twenty-four of Hungary's best writers who have written about what it means to be Jewish in post-Holocaust Eastern Europe. This volume includes work by Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz and other internationally kwn writers such as Gyorgy Konrad and Peter Nadas, but most of the authors appear here in English for the first time. This anthology features poetry, long and short stories, and excerpts from memoirs and vels by postwar writers. Some of these authors were well kwn in Hungary before World War II, some were children or adolescents during the war and began publishing in the 1970s, some were born to survivors in the years immediately following the war and grew up during the decades of Communist rule, while others started publishing chiefly after the fall of Communism in 1989. Unique among Eastern European countries, Hungary still has a large and visible Jewish population, many of them writers and intellectuals living in Budapest. This anthology introduces English-speaking readers to outstanding works of literature that show the wide range of responses to Jewish identity in contemporary Hungary. The editors' introduction provides a historical and critical context for these works and discusses the important role of Jews in Hungarian culture from the late nineteenth century to the present.
Susan Rubin Suleiman is C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and a professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. Her many books include Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook (Nebraska 1996) and Risking Who One Is: Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature. Eva Forgacs, formerly a professor of art history at the Hungarian Academy of Crafts and Design, teaches at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. Her books include The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics and the co-edited volume Between Worlds: A Sourcebook of Central European Avant Gardes, 1910-1930. Contributors include: Zsofia BallaIstvan Gabor BenedekGyorgy DalosMaria EmberAgnes GergelyPeter KantorImre KerteszGyorgy G. Kardos Gyorgy KonradMihaly KornisPeter LengyelStefania MandyLaszlo MartonPeter NadasOtto OrbanIstvan OrkenyBalazs SimonGyorgy SomlyoGyorgy SpiroGabor T. SzantoErno SzepEszter Tabor Istvan VasBela Zsolt.