Hello and welcome to Észak podcast series, this is Dávid Veress, the editor-in-chief of Észak Journal for Nordic Studies. Észak, for those of you who don’t speak Hungarian, means North. This podcast will appear unregularly, that is, whenever we meet an interesting Scandinavian or otherwise relevant writer, scholar or artist.

The first episode is an unstructured interview with the excellent Norwegian writer, Roy Jacobsen, who was the first Norwegian author to be nominated for The Man Booker Prize for his novel The Unseen (with the original title De Usynlige, A láthatatlanok in Hungarian). We talked at a literary festival in Budapest called Margó on the 20th of October 2018, where he was promoting said novel which just had been published in Hungarian by Scolar Publishing House. In the end we talked less about the novel and more about saga literature, and the difference between Norwegian and Swedish nature.

A word of caution: something was off with the setup, sometimes we could barely hear one another, and the recording took place in a noisy café, so prepare for some – not too pleasant – ambience sounds. Nevertheless, I hope you’ll be able to make out what we say, and that you’ll enjoy the show.

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Photos: Mercédesz Érsek, Scolar Publishing House

 

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