Krzysztof Varga: Budapest, melancholy and irony
– Poland



Born in 1968. Writer, journalist and columnist contributing to the “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily. Author of dozen books, e.g. novels Chłopaki nie płaczą (1996), Tequila (2001), Karolina (2003), Nagrobek z lastryko (2007), Aleja Niepodległości (2010), Masakra (2015) etc. He is also the author of the anthology 45 pomysłów na powieść (1998) awarded by the Fundacja Kultury award. He also published a popular trilogy on Hungarian history and culture: Gulasz z turula (2008), awarded by “Nike” Readers' Award 2009, Czardasz z mangalicą (2014) and Langosz w jurcie (2016). In 2018, his novel Sonnenberg came out. “The novel's opening sentence comprises the most important features of the author's writing: melancholy, irony and the feeling of the looming decay braced with the undertones of hopelessness.” (Maciej Robert)