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Magnetic Hill
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17 November 2020

Magnetic Hill

Réka Mán-Várhegyi’s novel paints a vivid picture of the life of young academics in Hungary at the turn of the millennia. Enikő, a thirty-something feminist sociologist returns to Budapest from New York, brimming with research plans. Armed with state-of-the-art research methods and theories, she leaves her husband, an American performance artist, in order to write a “real self-help book” entitled The Misery of Hungarians. Yet she finds herself struggling with writer’s block.

Tamás Bogdán, a star lecturer at the university, a first-generation intellectual, is in a relationship with Enikő as well as with Réka, a student of them both. Réka, who is writing a novel, comes from a dystopian communist-style housing estate, a breeding-ground for neo-Nazi ideologies, which happens to be the subject of Bogdán’s research.

Magnetic Hill is much more than a campus novel: through the struggle of the main characters, we glimpse several layers of contemporary Hungarian society, each with their particular milieu, history, prejudices and challenges, from leftist liberal intellectuals and aristocratic families to marginalized groups. This eminently readable, often hilariously funny novel touches upon a number of questions, ranging from female identity to the intellectual’s responsibility in present day Hungary.

This project has been funded with support from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission.

Creative Europe Programme

About the Author
Réka  Mán-Várhegyi

Réka Mán-Várhegyi (1979) spent her childhood in Târgu Mureș, Romania, she moved to Hungary after the fall of the communist regime in 1990. She has been a Hungarian citizen since 1992. Currently she lives in Budapest, Hungary. Though she studied Aesthetics and Sociology, and specialised in Ethnic and Minority Studies, she has been working as an editor at a children’s book publisher for many years.

Her first collection of short stories, Unhappiness at the Aurora Housing Estate (Boldogtalanság az Auróra-telepen, 2014) was hailed as a remarkably mature debut. Besides that collection, Mán-Várhegyi has written two children’s books and a book for young adults as well as her new novel, Magnetic Hill (Mágneshegy, 2018).

She is a recipient of the JAKkendő Literary Prize* (2013), the Horváth Péter Literary Scholarship (2015) and the Déry Tibor Literary Prize (2018).

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