Poland

Krzysztof Varga: Budapest, melancholy and irony

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)