Edited by Tibor Keresztury, Literarium Evenings will lure literature out of the books and turn it into a lively and entertaining event. With unique ideas and, at times, an unusual approach, the shows present authors and works from a different perspective, to encourage the audience to open books they would never have read before.
The 2016/2017 season’s Literarium series is going to include a commemorative event for recently passed Péter Esterházy. Contributors at the evening of remembrance will focus on one of the best known and most widely translated Hungarian authors, recalling the unrivalled diversity of his era-defining – and sadly, now complete – oeuvre. Hungarian literature from beyond our boundaries is to be represented by multiple stand-out authors this season. Béla Markó, considered among the most significant poets of Hungarian literature in Transylvania, Romania, and one of the most sophisticated lyricists of contemporary Hungarian verse, will close the calendar year, with Ottó Tolnai from Vojvodina, Serbia, who is on a path to renewing the language of lyrical poetry in Hungarian, is to start the next one. Also hailing from Vojvodina, László Végel, an outstanding representative of the first generation of contributors to erstwhile Hungarian-language literary periodical ‘Új Symposion’, is also lined-up to be a Literarium Evenings guest. The series will begin and end with two authors representing radically different personalities; Gyula Zeke, a master of serene contemplation seeking to recall the bygone days of Budapest, will start off, and András Cserna-Szabó, one of the most refreshing figures in contemporary Hungarian literature who thumbs his nose at literary norms and genre precepts alike, is set to finish the series, like a punchline, as it were.
The genres, styles and moods may be diverse, yet each Literarium Evening will offer the audience the chance to experience literature alive.