Dora Kaprálová

A Winter Book about Love

Trans. Zsuzsanna Juhászné Hahn
Egy férfi
Egy férfi
Typotex Kiadó, 2016, 112 pp
Language: Hungarian
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9789632798851
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A book about men, but perhaps also just about one single multifaceted, ineffable man — for these texts, written as an answer to Peter Esterházy’s One Woman, are about love. From January to February 2013, the author wrote one literary vignette for Esterházy every day.

There is a man. I love him doggedly like a little dog. He tends to run off and I don’t hold that against him at all. He runs off, I chase him and if he chases me then I run off. But I have to admit that he no longer chases me at all. He just escapes if he has to. I don’t hold it against him. He loves me aesthetically – it’s the love of an ascetic athlete who runs to the home straight, somewhere north, forever north, he runs and runs, so as not to see how much I want to keep him to myself, because I don’t want, I don’t want him to go through all this too fast, and to disappear. Because beyond the finish there is nothing. Not even the reindeer. Just winter, darkness and the cold.

More information about the book in Hungarian here.

About the author

Dora Kaprálová (b. 1975, Brno) studied dramatic arts and scriptwriting at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts. A literary critic, journalist and prose writer, documentarist and scriptwriter for the children’s TV series Já budu Einsteinem. Books she has published include the drama Výšiny and an interview with Květa Legá­tová Návraty do Želar. She has also edited the anthology Kdybych vstoupil do kauflandu, byl bych v Brně. For several years she wrote regular commentaries and reviews in MF DNES and elsewhere, primarily on contemporary Czech poetry. She is the author of much-appraised radio documentaries and a number of profile interviews. Since 2007 she and her family have been living in Berlin.

Language: Hungarian
Title: Egy férfi
Place: Budapest, Hungary
Publisher: Typotex Kiadó
Year: 2016
Pages: 112
Genre: Literary fiction
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