Katalin flees to the West in pursuit of a better life, leaving behind her two kids. "The Swimmer" by Zsusza Bánk is set in Hungary in 1956.
Hungary, 1956: A woman flees the Communist regime, abandoning her two children. The family tries to find new meaning amid great despair. Zsuzsa Bánk's novel is not a history novel, but a moving family drama.
Not exactly an idyllic place — and yet for locals, this run-down vacation colony is a good enough spot to spend the summertime. Esther Kinsky takes us along on a journey through the Hungarian wasteland.
This prize-winning novel combines diverse moods, storylines and narrative genres: a German-Bulgarian funeral grotesque, a road novel, and a blackly humorous family drama centered around unfulfilled fatherly love.
Mora is an astute observer of the world. Spotlighting the modern-day feelings of being uprooted and adrift, she is particularly fascinated by eccentric and mysterious men who live on the edge of society.
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