Join us for the premiere of Zyzzyva's newest issue, No. 114, on Wednesday, December 12th, 7pm
ZYZZYVA, the acclaimed San Francisco literary journal publishing from the city since 1985, releases its newest issue, No. 114, in early December. Come celebrate the Winter Issue with a reading featuring some of its fantastic contributors, and hosted by Managing Editor Oscar Villalon.
Meron Hadero’s stories have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Indiana Review, and Best American Short Stories 2016. She lives in the Bay Area.
David Drury is a writer in Washington state. He has a master’s in Christian Studies from Regent College, University of British Columbia.
Kate Folk’s stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. She lives in San Francisco.
Bruce Snider is the author of Paradise, Indiana (Pleiades Press), winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women (University of Wisconsin Press), winner of Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He is an associate professor at the University of San Francisco.
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Katalin Street by Magda Szabo BY THE AUTHOR OF THE DOOR, ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’S TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2015
In prewar Budapest three families live side by side on gracious Katalin Street, their lives closely intertwined. A game is played by the four children in which Bálint, the promising son of the Major, invariably chooses Irén Elekes, the headmaster’s dutiful elder daughter, over her younger sister, the scatterbrained Blanka, and little Henriette Held, the daughter of the Jewish dentist.
Their lives are torn apart in 1944 by the German occupation, which only the Elekes family survives intact. The postwar regime relocates them to a cramped Soviet-style apartment and they struggle to come to terms with social and political change, personal loss, and unstated feelings of guilt over the deportation of the Held parents and the death of little Henriette, who had been left in their protection. But the girl survives in a miasmal afterlife, and reappears at key moments as a mute witness to the inescapable power of past events.
As in The Door and Iza’s Ballad, Magda Szabó conducts a clear-eyed investigation into the ways in which we inflict suffering on those we love. Katalin Street, which won the 2007 Prix Cévennes for Best European novel, is a poignant, somber, at times harrowing book, but beautifully conceived and truly unforgettable.
Magda Szabó’s moving novel Katalin Street explores the way the past is alive in the present, still shaping life in mysterious ways that are hard to understand....Eliciting a bittersweet beauty, Katalin Street is a powerful novel about life, death and humanity’s elusive sense of place and purpose. —Scott Neuffer, Shelf Awareness A gorgeous elegy for the joy and the life once shared among three neighboring families—the Elekes, the Temes, and the Helds—in prewar Budapest...Readers will be impressed by the brilliant texture and forthrightness of Szabó’s prose, along with the particular urgency she infuses into the humiliations and irrational longings that comprise her characters’ lives, even or especially during the shock of war....This is a brilliant and unforgettable novel. --Publishers Weekly, starred review Three families, whose lives are inextricably linked by the street they inhabit, grapple with love and morality amid political upheaval. In English for the first time and impeccably translated by Rix, Szabó’s quietly captivating novel excavates the tangled history of Hungary’s capital from the portentous moments before the German occupation to its suffocating postwar regime….A visceral, sweeping depiction of life in the shuddering wake of wartime. --Kirkus, starred review
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