International Writers Amongst Visitors at PesText Festival


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Writers from around the world, including French, English, Italian and Nordic authors, are set to visit the fifth PesText Festival held in Budapest.

“When we first organized PesText five years ago, we felt that this time, it will be different. We envisioned an international gathering which will focus on the literature of the whole word, but also spread the good word about Hungarian culture abroad. Every year since that first event, we have brought great authors to Hungary, to make it possible for their local readers to engage them in thrilling conversation. And this year will be no exception. Despite all the difficulties in the world today, we are still here, and we still believe that literature binds us together. Art and culture retains the ability to influence open-minded people,” shares Árpád Kollár, founder of PesText and director of Miszje (Hungarian Literary Authors’ Collecting Society).

This is the fifth PesText International Literary and Cultural Festival, organized by Miszje and the Petőfi Cultural Agency. Between September 20-30, those interested in literature have a chance to take part in literary events at multiple venues: Három Holló, Millenáris and the Petőfi Literary Museum.

Among international authors featured at PesText are Janne Teller, author of the world-famous novel “Nothing”; Bergsveinn Birgisson, contemporary Scandinavian writer; Bridget Collins, author of “The Binding”; and Goncourt Prize winner Mathias Énard.

The festival opens with a discussion with Rébecca Dautremer, world-famous French illustrator, as well as the grand opening of the related exhibition on French book illustrations, “In Every Color.” Besides the featured participants of PesText, several up-and-coming writers, such as Giulia Caminito, Nicholas Binge and Stacey Halls will also visit the event in Budapest.

Well-known Hungarian literary experts also take part in a wide range of conversations, including Balázs Keresztes, Ágnes Tótfalusi, Judit Berg, Dorka Gyárfás, Róbert Smid and Ádám Vajna.

Further programs during the event include a performance at the TÁP Theatre based on “If the War Came Here” by Janne Teller, directed by Vilmos Vajdai.

Miklós H. Vecsei and his fellow performers will bring a literary theater experience to Három Holló, where they will present a selection from the oeuvre of János Pilinszky and Sándor Csoóri.

Well-known comic book artists and illustrators will create drawings in real time, in sync with unique tunes by Rozina Pátkai.

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