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STONE TABLETS

The Hungarian Revolution in fiction
October 28, 2016 | 6.30pm
Consulate General of Hungary | 227 E 52nd St (between 2nd and 3rd Ave), New York

We are pleased to present the Hungarian Revolution in fiction: two stories about the revolution through the eyes of diplomats.

PROGRAM
6.30pm –Stone Tablets: Book launch and talk
7.30pm – Wine reception
8.00pm – The Ambassador to Bern: Film screening

"A novel of epic scope and ambition."--Kirkus (starred review)

"A masterwork."--The Wall Street Journal

In partnership with Paul Dry Books, the Consulate General of Hungary and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York we present the book launch of Wojciech Zurkowski’s Stone Tablets. The novel tells the story of István Terey, a Hungarian diplomat posted to New Delhi just months before the outbreak of the revolution back home. He is popular on all sides, but his sympathy for the revolutionaries’ grievances lands him in political hot water. Meanwhile he has fallen in love with a beautiful Australian woman, and is finding his deep Catholic faith tested. Full of heat, color, and romance, Stone Tablets is a gripping read. Join us at an exciting talk on the book and also the historical background, featuring translator Stefanie Kraft and historian Prof. Csaba Békés.


Click here to order your copy of Stone Tablets

Wojciech Zukrowski (1916–2000) was one of Poland’s best-known twentieth-century authors. A prolific novelist, screenwriter, and essayist, he was a World War II resistance veteran, a lifelong friend of Pope John Paul II, and a war correspondent in Vietnam in the early 1950s, and worked at the embassy in New Delhi from 1956 to 1959. Stone Tablets is based on his experiences there. Censored on publication in 1966 and banned from translation into foreign languages for 23 years, Stone Tablets has nonetheless proved one of the most popular Polish novels of the 20th century. It is now available in English for the first time. In 1996 Zukrowski won the Reymont Prize for lifetime literary achievement. Read more about Wojciech Zukrowski.

Photo courtesty of Katarzyna Zukrowska

Translator and journalist Stefanie Kraft will talk about the book, as well as her own experiences of reporting from Poland in the 1980s and 1990s. She will be joined by Prof. Csaba Békés, István Deák Visiting Professor of History at Columbia University, a renowned specialist on the Hungarian revolution.

Stefanie Kraft has been a newspaper reporter and freelance writer for forty years. She is the author of No Castles on Main Street. She has been traveling to Poland since 1988, and has published translations of short Polish fiction in Metamorphoses, a journal of literary translation.

Csaba Békés Ph.D., Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, is founding director of the Cold War History Research Center and Research Chair at the Institute of Political Studies and Hungarian Academy of Sciences, both in Budapest. He is also Professor of History at Corvinus University of Budapest and a recurring visiting professor at Columbia University. He is a former research fellow of the Cold War International History Project at the Wilson Center and the Project on the Cold War as Global Conflict at New York University. His book: Hungary, the Soviet Bloc and World Politics, 1944–1991 is forthcoming.

The event will be followed by a wine reception and film screening. We invite guests to stay afterwards for a screening of the award-winning Hungarian film The Ambassador to Bern (dir. Attila Szász), a fictionalized retelling of the attack on the Hungarian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland in the aftermath of the uprising. The film is based on a true story.

Read more about the film on Hollywood Reporter and watch the trailer.

This event is co-presented by the Hungarian Institute, the Consulate General of Hungary, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. The event is sponsored by the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board.

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