2023 Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies: On The Hungarian (-American) Literary Imagination

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Wednesday, November 8th 5:00 PM

Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH  44106

In her talk, Hungarian-American writer and translator Timea Sipos will explore a selection of influential speculative Hungarian authors whose work reflects the complex cultural identity of Hungary, as well as the country's long history of invasion and migration. Sipos will discuss how translation has been a patient and thorough mentor, requiring her to to crawl inside a text and turn it inside out. This intimacy, she will argue, has been deep enough to teach Sipos how to create magic on the page where she had not been able to before. She will also address how her lived experiences as a Hungarian-American affect her writing and how contemporary American authors showed her to weave her ethnic identity with speculative elements in fresh ways. Finally, she will share an excerpt of her work-in-progress, The Stone Men. This novel told in stories follows statues that come to life on the streets of Budapest and the female artists who sculpt them.

Registration requested.  Register HERE.

Learn more about Timea Sipos here