The place to visit with H is definitely Hungary. The surreal streets of Budapest beckon us. It is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world with a capital city that is mesmerising and beautiful. By the river Danube, this landlocked country has seen it all. From oppression to war and exodus, to celebrations, Hungary has emerged victorious in spite of the tragedies it faced.
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
This book was longlisted for the Orange Prize for fiction. It is a romance novel, with Historical Fiction, Jewish Fiction. From a remote Hungarian village to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labour camps and beyond, a family, threatened with annihilation, bound by love and history.
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BLURB – Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a young student of architecture, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the rue de Sévigné. As he becomes drawn into the extraordinary and secret life of the letter’s recipient, his elder brother takes up medical studies in Modena and their younger brother leaves school for the stage, Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends their lives into terrifying uncertainty.
From the Hungarian village of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the lonely chill of Andras’s attic to the enduring passion he discovers on the rue de Sévigné, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labour camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a marriage tested by disaster, of a Jewish family’s struggle against annihilation, and of three brothers bound by love and history.…………………………………………………
Satantango by László Krasznahorkai
BLURB – Satantango, the novel that inspired Béla Tarr’s classic film, is proof that the devil has all the good times. Set in an isolated hamlet, the novel unfolds over the course of a few rain-soaked days. Only a dozen inhabitants remain in the bleak village, rank with the stench of failed schemes, betrayals, failure, infidelity, sudden hopes, and aborted dreams. “Their world,” in the words of the renowned translator George Szirtes is “rough and ready, lost somewhere between the cosmic and tragic, in one small insignificant corner of the cosmos. Theirs is the dance of death.” Into this world comes, it seems, a messiah… This book won the Man Booker Prize…………………………………………….
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I’ve never been to Hungary, but would love to go. Friends of ours spent four months there and loved it. The Invisible Bridge sounds like a good read as does Satantango. Thanks for sharing! Happy A to Z!