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The Kid by János Háy

Balassi Institute proudly invites you to hear excerpts from János Háy’s novel The Kid (translated by Eugene Brogyányi) over a glass of wine. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session with the author on Tuesday, November 12, 7PM, at the TACT Studio 900 Broadway (corner of 20th St.) Suite 905S. Admission is free. Space is limited. Reservations requested:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
János Háy occupies a prominent place among his literary contemporaries in Hungary, and is a rising star internationally. We invite you to be among the first in the English-language world to experience that rise. Háy's novel, The Kid, will have its first public introduction here with a reading of excerpts translated by Eugene Brogyányi and a discussion with the author. 
Set in Hungary during the last half century, The Kid follows the life of its hero, born in a peasant village amidst the great expectations of his family, and he goes off to study in the capital. At first his life seems full of promise, but he fails to become what he set out to be, returns to his native village, and little by little disintegrates. Háy's narrative approach to this simple tragic fate elevates the story to unique levels. The linearity of the basic plot anchors a kaleidoscopic array of riffs on the lives of others who directly or indirectly cross the kid's path. These spinoffs take us backward and forward in time, giving us, through droll and mordant portrayals of sometimes fatal foibles, a telling portrait of the modern era and our place in it.
“Reading The Kid is like riding a wave. Sentences hurtle forward yet seldom seem to get where they're going or at first appear to be going. Indeed, a period often falls not where grammar would dictate, but where a train of thought has run its course, where the narrator has, as it were, run out of breath. Tenses change mid-sentence from past to present, then back again. The entire novel reads like one long, mordantly humorous sentence.”      
--- The Hungarian Quarterly

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