Edina Szvoren

NINCS, ÉS NE IS LEGYEN / THERE IS NONE, NOR LET THERE BE

HUNGARY

BOOK

What danger lurks for a little boy when he puts together a puzzle? Does a vibrator belong in the cupboard behind the clay baking pot? Who’s going to make our keys now? What’s a lemon doing on a ping-pong table? Who will finally kill the carp and when? Stains dry out, but can you forget about spotty knees? The short stories of the award-winning Hungarian author will tell us the answers to only some of these questions; the reader will have to come up with others himself. Something is hopelessly missing. In the depths of each story we sense the hidden presence of a silent tragedy, but one that has long since grown into the narrator’s sad existence. Can we reveal it?

Published by Bourdon, 2021

TRANSLATOR

Robert Svoboda

AUTHOR

© Lászlo Belicza

Edina Szvoren (born 1974) is a Hungarian novelist and musician. She graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and currently teaches musicology and music theory at Béla Bartók Music High School. Music is a frequent motif in her short stories, which have so far been published in three collections, the first in 2010. She recieved numerous national as well as international awards. In 2015, she won the European Union Prize for Literature for her book There Is None, Nor Let There Be.

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