A breath of fresh air for Hay-on-Wye’s festival

So the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival is spreading its influence to Budapest next month.

Budapest-the-Hay-Festival-heads-east-to-Hungary (DT article)

I suspect it might get some of the pretentiousness knocked out of it when it encounters the writers from the former Communist bloc countries who know what lack of freedom really is.  Anyone with time to spare can inspect the damage to the impressive parliament building caused by Russian tanks not that long ago.

9 thoughts on “A breath of fresh air for Hay-on-Wye’s festival”

  1. Breath of fresh air, more like a howling gale methinks!
    Sounds a dreadful mesalliance of locations, psychology and tempraments.

  2. Howling gales can sometimes be quite useful in bringing down dead or diseased timber.

  3. Timbuktu would have been a better choice. Btw, anybody here know the name of a single Hungarian writer? Or care?

  4. Janus :

    Timbuktu would have been a better choice. Btw, anybody here know the name of a single Hungarian writer? Or care?

    I know a few, but still maintain that literature died decades ago and post-modernism stuck a stake through its heart.

  5. Tibor Fischer is the only contemporary Hungarian writer I know, Janus. Why Timbuktu? Because of the distance or because of the danger?

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