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If we're talking Budapesht. A collection of stories from Hungary

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a multimedia project centered on Budapest, Hungary

The project includes:

  • a printed, illustrated anthology of short fiction from Hungarian and international writers;
  • an interactive map of Budapest, based on stories from the anthology;
  • short films;
  • visual artwork that illustrates the stories in the book and also stands on its own merits.

If We're Talking Budapest is an anthologized collection of short stories, written by Hungarian and international writers who have resided, or currently reside, in Budapest. This is the first book to be published by the Panel Literature association and Panel magazine. It was only natural that we should choose Budapest as a “theme” for the first prose anthology; Panel magazine’s core team met in Budapest, and it is where they still live. It is also a city that is perpetually worth being examined, written about and explored. Every story provides a unique perspective on its bars, baths and bridges—through unlikely events, fascinating characters and existential reflections.

An interactive map of Budapest will allow readers to dig into each story, using multimedia and art tools; by clicking on their corresponding location, users can view linked short films that will pop up and can be watched in full screen. Through this feature, readers will be able to locate the places in Budapest where the anthology’s stories are set, and vice versa: users can explore Budapest with the map and find stories set in their favorite locales. The map is slated to become the central theme of the collection, and will be used on the book’s cover.

The book features fifteen stories:

  1. A Season in Budapest,” Rita Horanyi
  2. Pest miniature,” Nikola Tutek
  3. Varga’s Run,” László Garaczi (translated by lldikó Nagy)
  4. Campaign Promise,” Paul Olchváry
  5. If We're Talking Budapest,” Timea Pénzes (translated by Anna Bentley)
  6. The Butterfly Court,” Claudia Leporatti
  7. Lime Powder Everywhere,” Gabi Csutak (translated by Anna Bentley)
  8. Wounded,” Ramon Martensen
  9. Mr. Szakacs,” István Orosz (translated by Anna Bentley)
  10. Two Wives,” Masha Kamenetskaya
  11. Gutenberg Square, Summer of 2009”, Emma Rault
  12. Szent István Park,” Zsofia Ban (translated by Jim Tucker)
  13. Zoo,” Mark Blayney
  14. Two Meters Apart,” Jennifer Walker
  15. Girlkiss,” Ildikó Nagy

All stories are in English. Those that were originally written in Hungarian, have been translated exclusively for this publication.


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