Thursday, May 31, 2007

Novels set in Hungary

Prague, a novel about BudapestSomeone asked me the other day about novels set in Hungary. Of course, there are a great many Hungarian novels set here, in fact, most of them are. But foreign language novels do not usually choose Hungary as their setting, unless they are dealing with Eastern European spies or dictators. Oh, and let's not forget the porn industry of the past 10-15 years which utilized the charms of Hungary.

But there is the novel Prague which, despite its title, is entirely set in Budapest. It is a great novel, if you have not read it, you definitely should. It is about the time immediately following the fall of Communism, when American youth flooded both Budapest and Prague, and when people made fortunes in the privatization game.

Apart from this, there must be some other novels set in Hungary but I cannot think of any at the moment. Can you?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the novel "Prague" on my Kindle. I read a great novel in the 1980"s or 1990"s about Budapest and I wish I could remember the title or author. It followed a young girl's life after WWII. Her father was a violinist and was tortured by the Communists until he could no longer play. His daughter becomes a famous pianist and is married to one of the leaders of her country's Communist party and plans to defect while in the U.S. I wish I could remember the title because I would love to read it again.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was called The Rose, but I don't remember the
Author and I can't seem to find the book.....

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The book you refer to is The Rose by Doris Mortman

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the book you refer to is Wild Rose by Doris Mortman...takes place in Budapest and Manhatten....

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently read a novel set in Hungary, mostly in Budapest, during WWII about the deportation of the Jews and the attempts of a Danish ambassador (he's not fictional) to get them out. One of the characters was a young woman from rural Hungary who came to Budapest before the persecution of the Jews began. I cannot remember the name of the novel and want to recommend it to some friends. Can anyone tell me?

12:55 PM  

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