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ELN 2017

EUROPEAN LITERATURE NIGHT:
SPECIAL LITERARY EVENT & BOOK FAIR

Friday, June 2, 2017 | 7 pm
Bohemian National Hall | 321 E 73rd Str., New York
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European Literature Night comes to New York City, with actors performing a curated selection of passages from exceptional literary works of fiction and poetry from across the European continent. A decades-old tradition in many European countries, the inaugural New York edition is also the first in the US and will be launched on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Treaties of Rome – treaties that brought reconciliation, growth and security to millions of Europeans after WWII.

The audiences will move from room to room to experience literary works from prominent and up-and-coming European authors whose work allows for the exploration of parallels between European experiences and the current cultural and political climate in America. The event is modelled after its overseas counterpart, offering a European style experience where audiences can listen to readings and exchange ideas while enjoying a beer or a glass of wine.

Hungary’s highlight of this year will be Dead Heat by Benedek Totth: a debut novel packed with action, deadpan philosophy and psychedelia. Elements of teenage literature, the detective story and the psychological thriller all mix up in Totth’s prose, paying homage to the works of Bret Easton Ellis and Tarantino through a unique narrative. Selected passages from the book will be read by Hungarian-born actress Noémi Sárog at the Ballroom Bar of the BNH between 7 and 8 PM.


About the Novel
On a deserted bypass somewhere in the Hungarian countryside, a sports car full of teenagers races through the pitch black night. Dead Heat’s world reflects on today’s youth, more or less abandoned teenagers, loitering mostly unhappily, sometimes sad but more often angry. A translator of contemporary American and English literature, the author’s work is packed with action, deadpan philosophy and psychedelia. Elements of teenage literature, the detective story and the psychological thriller mingle in this unique and often humorous book in a unique way, reminding of works by McCarthy or Bret Easton Ellis.

Benedek Totth

About the Author
Benedek Totth is a Hungarian translator, editor and author. A graduate in English literature, his very first translation was Nick McDonell’s Twelve. Starting to work as a freelancer translator, he has worked on texts of such writers as Cormac McCarthy, David Walliam and Aldous Huxley. He wrote has published his debut novel Dead Heat in 2014. Besides translating, currently he works at the Magvetö
publishing house as an editor.

 

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