Get well, Péter Esterházy!

Recently Hungarian author Péter Esterházy announced in the literary weekly Élet és Irodalom that he is suffering from pancreatic cancer. The country’s literature loving public was shocked, although there had been speculations about his health after he cancelled his appearance at the Goteborg Book Fair in Sweden.

Péter Esterházy

Péter Esterházy

The 65 years old writer’s works are well-known in Hungary and his books have been translated into 24 languages. Esterházy’s main subject is the family, often his own famous and prominent noble clan – the ancient Esterházy family. My favorite is the novel Celestial Harmonies (Harmonia Caelestis) the history of his family during the Austro-Hungarian era when their castle was home to people like Austrian composer Joseph Haydn. Mr. Esterházy added a sequel entitled Revised Edition (Javított kiadás), when he learned that his father was an informer for the secret police during the Communist era.

A couple of days ago Mr. Esterházy made a brief appearance in a Budapest bookstore to introduce his latest book The Guilty (A Bűnös) that he co-wrote with painter Miklós Szüts. Hundreds lined up at the event just to see him.

Get well, Mr. Esterházy!

György Lázár

A Bűnös

A Bűnös


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  2. Avatar Dr. Habil. Andras Fodor says:

    Let me share the worries about Him. Not because I share all his ideas, but because he is an excellent brain and I am proud of him as a Hungarian co-patriot. Also, because he is a human being. Cancer is what we biologist could not and probably would never be able to beat. Despite the invested trillions of dollars and probably the best invested human resources. Lots of “by-products” of molecular genetics has been making a good service to the humanity. We have learnt what the cancer means and also the we can never be able to beat, because of its nature. In science we have been building towers of Babel, and probably the human genome project and related parts are the highest of all the towers of Babel. We even our tower could reach heaven. Still, we should not to give up. Asking God to help.

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