Peter Esterhazy


Peter Esterhazy (1950-) is one of the most prominent contemporary authors in Hungarian literature, brought about a turn of Hungarian prose. He was barely 25 when his first collection Fancsiko and Pinta, - stories pulled on a string - was published. As Miklos Meszoly said, Esterhazy's prose brought "ontological happiness" into Hungarian literature. In 1979 the Novel of Production with its ironical reference to factory novels in the 1930s in the Soviet Union created a literary sensation. In 1986 Introduction into Literature created a firm place for the post-modern novel in Hungary. His last major novel Harmonia Caelestis (2000), the Latin title of a composition that was compiled by one of Esterhazy's forefathers in the eighteenth century. Throughout his career Esterhazy has generated controversy concerning the interpretation of his work, but there is no doubt of his role in changing mainstream Hungarian fiction by rejecting the traditional conventions of narrative prose in favor of the linguistic and stylistic techniques of literary postmodernism. In the course of the evening we will present excerpts of Esterhazy's prose, essays and plays.