Eastern Europe

Spotlight Author: Stefan Zweig

Theme: Eastern Europe                        “Apart from books, he knew nothing of the world.  The phenomena of existence did not begin to become real for him until they had been set in type, arranged upon a composing stick, collected and, so to say, sterilized in a book” -from Buchmendel…

The Lightness of Szerb, a Hungarian Heavyweight

Theme:  Eastern Europe             Hungary’s literary icon, Antal Szerb, was an figure that rose to well-respected status quickly and whose life ended too early.  A Jew who died in a concentration camp in 1945, his last work, Oliver VII(1942), offers none of the dark and horrific circumstances that Hungarians Jews witnessed and withstood. …

I Better Get Some Frequent Flyer Miles for This…

Theme: Eastern Europe (Originally published on Three Percent) Reading Ferenc Karinthy’s Metropole is like being lost in someone else’s nightmare where there are no exits. Karinthy creates an existential version of hell, stunning the reader not by blatant displays of horrifying circumstances, but by a gradual series of small failures that defeat and degrade the…