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BUDAPEST NOIR | Vilmos Kondor's bestseller featured @ ELN 2018

Literary event

Saturday, May 12, 2018
| Doors 5 PM | Reading starts 7 PM
Czech Center New York | Ballroom Bar

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Actor ADAM BONCZ will be reading excerpts from Hungarian bestseller BUDAPEST NOIR at this year's European Literature Night. Translated by Paul Olchvary, Vilmos Kondor's masterpiece takes back the reader to 1936 following crime journalist Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter in pursuit of a seemingly unimportant murder of a young girl in Budapest.

After a highly successful premiere last year, European Literature Night returns to NYC! With actors performing a curated selection of passages from exceptional literary works from across the European continent, and a special collaboration with The New School: Mannes School of Music, Parsons School of Design, and The School of Drama, guests will have a one-time opportunity to experience European literature as never before.

Guests will not only be a part of the audience, they will also have the opportunity to participate in conversations with writers, translators, and artists, among others. Throughout the evening, events will be divided into reading and discussion. Authors have chosen excerpts from their works to serve as springboards for conversations with the attendees and for discussions of themes important to their writing.

At 6:30 PM, the CCNY Gallery will host the Exhibition Opening of Visual Interpretations: Young Artists from Parsons School of Design, with each artist reinterpreting one book featured at ELN 2018. For the musical component of ELN, students of Mannes’ Composition Department chaired by Lowell Liebermann, “one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded living composers” will showcase 11 compositions in their world premieres.  Each of these student compositions is directly inspired by the literary work with which it is paired.  In addition, Liebermann’s own Immer, from Six Songs on Poems of Nelly Sachs, Op. 14, will be performed as part of a special closing event in the BNH Ballroom.

Along with the abundance of live performances and readings, the much-loved European café culture is also being brought back. There will be assorted delicacies and beverages provided by the represented countries for people to sample, perhaps for the first time. Select books will be available for purchase throughout the evening in their English translated versions at the Book Fair in the Ballroom.

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About the Book

Budapest Noir takes place in the Hungarian capital of the inter-war years, in 1936. The city is grieving the death of the prime minister. While journalists focus on the funeral of the late politician, no one cares for the corpse of the unknown young aristocrat woman found on a dark street downtown. The only one who pays attention to the case is criminal journalist Zsigmond Gordon, who arrives at the crime scene.

Vilmos Kondor (*1954) is a pseudonym, the author’s name being unknown, as the author prefers to stay away from mainstream publicity. He started his studies in Szeged, Hungary, then graduated in chemical engineering at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France. He lives with his wife, daughters, and dog in a quiet village and teaches high school mathematics and physics. Budapest Noir is his first novel.

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About the Actor

Adam Boncz was born and raised in Hungary.  At the age of seventeen, he started working as an actor at the Szeged National Theatre in Hungary. After studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, he was accepted to the world-renowned Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York, where he had the privilege to work with such teachers as Paul Calderon, Tea Alagic, Lear DeBessonet or Naum Panovski, to mention a few. Adam has also studied the new acting technique OTOA with Master Teacher Gia Forakis. As a New York actor, Adam has appeared in the Off-Broadway play Neither Heaven nor Earth produced by Poliglot Theater, Michael Weller's Moonchildren at the West End Theater and New Stage Theatre Company's Jollification/Mortification at the world famous La Mama ETC. With the New Stage Theatre Company, he also did Hypnotik, Charles Mee's Night (New York Innovative Theatre Award winner) and Falk Richter's Electronic City.  Adam has worked with Academy Award nominee Josh Fox and the International WOW Company on two productions(Auto Da fe, Reconstruction). He is an associate artist at Hybrid Theater Works and a founding member of Gia Forakis & Company.  He also worked with the Ingenue Theater (Broken Heart Story), Triskelion Arts Center (The Goldilock Zone) and the Actors Theater Workshop.

In 2014 he founded SceneHouse Productions which produced the world premiere of  Fatelessness based on the novel of Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész. The show premiered at the HERE Arts Center in NYC in April 2014 and Adam was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for his performance in the production.


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