(Romania, 1973) grew up in Transylvania during Ceausescu's totalitarian regime. At age 15, he moved to Hungary. His novel The White King (2008) has been translated into 30 languages and won acclaim from the international literary press as well as various literary prizes. The book deals with a boy growing up under the totalitarian regime that has taken away his father. His rebellious youth is dominated by constant oppression and his father's permanent absence. During the festival, his novel Vuurstapel (Fire Stack) will come out in Dutch. This time, the protagonist is a 13-year-old girl living through the confusing years after the bloody revolution that executed the dictator. In Hungary and beyond, Dragomán is considered a kindred spirit to David Mitchell, George Orwell and Stanley Kubrick. He has translated the work of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Ian McEwan. Dragomán lives in Budapest with his wife, the poet Anna Szabo, and their two sons.(2015)
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Four innocent young women looking for refuge. In Forgotten, José Eduardo Agualusa tells the story of Ludo, who locks herself in her home on the eve of Angola's independence. She stays there for three decades while wars rage outside. In The Book of Memory, Petina Gappah gives voice to an albino girl named Memory who is abused by her white adoptive father. The girl tells her shocking story from a jail cell. In Joanna Bator's novel Dark, almost Night, Alicja tries to uncover her deceased sister's secret in the abandoned house on the Polish-German border where she once lived with her family. And in his new novel Fire Stack, György Dragomán introduces Emma, a girl whose grandmother picks her up from an orphanage in the middle of the Romanian revolution.
In Filmhuis Studio A the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A continuous interview programme, in which the audience also talks with the writers. Hosted by Wim Brands. In English