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Nádas was too white to be shortlisted for a German literary prize

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024

Left and right-wing commentators find it equally absurd of a German literary jury to discard Hungarian writer Péter Nádas from the top candidates of the HKW prize for the best novel of 2023, despite his book being found to be the best. READ MORE

Libri taken over by MCC

Friday, June 16th, 2023

As government-funded MCC becomes the almost exclusive owner of Hungary’s largest bookseller and publishing company, a pro-government pundit ridicules liberal protests against the takeover. READ MORE

Culture war over a 150-year-old novel

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

A poet has stirred sharp controversy with her remark that a literary classic should be removed from the list of mandatory reading in Hungarian schools because it assigns a subordinate role to women. READ MORE

Weeklies on the new national curriculum

Monday, February 10th, 2020

The debate over the new national curriculum continues in the weeklies. Left-wing and liberal commentators pour scorn on the government and accuse it of brainwashing kids. Pro-government and conservative commentators, on the other hand, find the critics ideologically biased. READ MORE

Esterházy dies at 66

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Commentators across the political spectrum mourn Péter Esterházy as a great writer whose death is a huge loss for Hungary. READ MORE

Fight for Imre Kertész

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Left-wing columnists complain that the government is trying to lure the Nobel Prizewinning author into its own camp, although his place should be in the ranks of the opposition. Their pro-government colleague dismisses such claims of “ownership” and also urges Kertész’s right-wing critics to make peace with him. READ MORE

Homage to Imre Kertész

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Historian Mária Schmidt praises Nobel Prize winning writer Imre Kertész for his staunch opposition to all forms of dictatorship. She wonders why Kertész’s “needle-sharp” analyses on Hungary’s recent past are not a topic ofpublic discourse. READ MORE