Join us on Wednesday June 6, 2012, 7 pm at the Consulate General of Hungary, 223 East 52nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) to celebrate the international debut of Sándor Szathmári's masterpiece Voyage to Kazohinia featuring a reading by actors Andrea Sooch & Ádám Boncz and a chance to win some must-read books in our Classic Dystopian Drawing. The reading will be followed by the roundtable "Discussing Dystopia," moderated by novelist Edie Meidav, (author of Lola, California; writer in residence at Bard College), with panelists • Francesco Crocco, assistant professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College • Ralph Dumain, independent scholar, autodidactproject.org, Benjamin Hale, author of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore • Gregory Moynahan, associate professor of History, Bard College • Anna North, author of America Pacifica
Edie Meidav is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Lola, California, Crawl Space, and The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon. Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Guernica, Ms., The Village Voice, and elsewhere. Writer in residence at Bard College, she has received Lannan and Howard fellowships, the Bard Fiction Prize for Writers Under 40, a Fulbright, and a Kafka Award for best novel by an American woman. She divides her time between California and New York.
Advance praise for the volume
"Massively entertaining.'Tell all the Truth,' said Emily Dickinson, 'but tell it Slant.' On such good advice do satirists and speculative sorts venture forward into worlds as varied as Oz, Lilliput, 1984's Oceania, and—now—Kazohinia. In an old world voice with postmodern tones, Sandor Szathmari's Voyage to Kazohinia takes a comic knife to our various conceptions of government. . . . Gulliver, the belittled individual with an oversize sense of capacity, earns our fulsome affection. . . . Crusoe encountering Friday, Alice at a loss at the Mad Tea Party: Make room for the new Gulliver! He has brought home news out of Kazohinia."—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz
"Voyage to Kazohinia is among the secret treasures of Hungarian literature, and it is really about time it appeared on the world stage. As if Bradbury and Orwell had been mixed with fresh wild berries, it was so ahead of its time that its time still hasn't caught up. Perhaps now it will." — Miklós Vámos, author of The Book of Fathers
"Extraordinary. Like Milton, Szathmári is fascinated by humankind's precarious oscillation between good and evil; like Huxley in Brave New World, he is deeply suspicious of notions of human perfectibility this side of heaven itself." — Humphrey Tonkin, President Emeritus of the University of Hartford