1985 Sátántangó (et. Satan Tango) A novel about a dark and entirely
hopeless world, a complex and depressing narrative on dreams, fantasies,
the unbearable reality and the state of being human. "Satan Tango
is a kind of perpetuum mobile, a mode of being expressed through a chain
of delusion and humiliation, for which no one is responsible but which
nevertheless exists, and which must bear the burden of various beliefs,
hopes and of self-deception." (Péter Balassa)
1986 Kegyelmi viszonyok (et. Circumstances of Grace) Short stories.
1989 Az ellenállás melankóliája (et. The Melancholy of Resistance) Novel.
1992 Az urgai fogoly (et. The Prisoner of Urga) It is his third and
most personal novel - a subjective travelogue between Urga (Ulan Bator)
and Beijing, and the narrator's quick return to Hungary. The two central
episodes of the story (the performance of a Chinese opera and the narrator's
long illness) happen in China - these represent another level of the
story, concentrating on love and death.
1993 A Théseus-általános (et. Theseus Universal) A novel that bears
the subtitle Secret Academic Lectures. These orations are delivered
by a nameless man to an unspecified audience. The lectures' topic is
sorrow. He talks about it in abstract academic terminology, but keeps
digressing into his own fantasies and childhood memories. He delivers
his second lecture while being kept prisoner by paramilitary police;
two more lectures follow on state and people. The novel experiments
with order and chaos, abstraction and naturalistic detail.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PUBLICATIONS
Satan Tango (Excerpt) tr. by Eszter Molnár, The Hungarian Quarterly,
Reinbeck: Rowohlt, 1990., tr. by H. Skirecki.
Paris: Gallimard, 1989.
Berlin: LCB, 1988., tr. by J. Brandt, H. Skirecki.
Az ellenállás melankóliája
Zürich: Ammann, 1992., tr. by H. Skirecki.
The Melancholy of Resistance - tr. by George Szirtes, London: Quartet,
Az urgai fogoly
Zürich: Ammann, 1993., tr. by H. Skirecki.
Az utolsó hajó
"The Last Boat" Quarterly 1990/120.
Selected short stories in:
Auteurs hongrois d'aujourd'hui. Paris: In fine and Budapest: Corvina,