Translated by Martin Chalmers
5 x 8 inches, 116pp. June 2011
ISBN : 9781906497880
Rs 395.00 (HB)
Summer Resort, the first novel by noted translator Esther Kinsky, is set in a village somewhere on the endless Hungarian plain. It is the hottest summer in memory and everyone in the village dreams of the sweet life in ÜdülÅ‘, a summer resort on a river. The characters that populate Summer Resort tell stories—comic, tragic or both—of life in rural Hungary. Tales of onion kings and melon pickers, of scrapyards and sugar beet factories, paint a vivid and human picture of their world.
In the course of the novel, the storytellers’ paths intersect at the summer resort with the bar owner Lacibacsi, the Kozak Boys and their fat and pale wives, and the builder Antal, who introduces a mysterious new woman to the inhabitants of the resort. The stranger disrupts their otherwise staid summer routines—with surprising, unpredictable consequences.
Now available for the first time in English, Summer Resort brings to a new audience one of the most distinctive emerging voices in recent German writing.
Esther Kinsky lives in Berlin and Battonya, Hungary. She is the author of a volume of poetry and has translated many notable Polish authors into German. Her second novel, Banatsko, is forthcoming.
Martin Chalmers is a translator and editor. He grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. His translations include works by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Hubert Fichte, Ernst Weiss, Herta Mueller, Alexander Kluge, Emine Sevgi Oezdamar and Erich Hackl. At present Chalmers lives in Berlin.