Nemes Zsolt – Kohlhouse Walker

It is not true. Coalhouse is not Kohlhaas. And never will be, as Doctorow is not Heinrich von Kleist. Still, the most complex character of Ragtime, by his name, deeds and fate resembles Kleist’s hero, Michael Kohlhaas. This is why I am going to explore the equivocal relation between them. Coalhouse is a name no…

Gulyás Viki – Austerlitz

“No one can explain exactly what happens within us when the doors behind which our childhood terrors lurk are flung open” (Austerlitz, 25)  Architecture and objects are the basis of remembrance in Sebald’s novel Austerlitz and this is what made me interested especially in the process, how we remember and especially what circumstances and objects…

Nemes Zsolt – Procrustes in Moldova

It’s awfully nice to do the unthinkable to yourself. Being a very adaptive personality I ventured to spend the spring semester in the Republic of Moldova. In Greek mythology, Procrustes was a bandit, who offered shelter to travelers and, once they accepted, took them to his bed, in which they had to fit. If the…

Szelényi Annie – And Then I Played Ragtime…

 No movie adaptation of a book can appear in the cinema without bringing along the repeated discussion of what makes a good adaptation. Articles deal with it, even Youtube videos deal with it, and when I was given the assignment to moderate the class of the movie adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel, Ragtime, I…

Kassai Zita – Watchmen

I frankly admit, up until a few years ago I was never much of a comic book kind of person. That is to say, I was never really familiar with any comic book at all; maybe because (and this is the stereotypical reason) I am a girl, or maybe because comic books were far from…

Mogyorósi Zoltán – Translating Culture

I believe in translation. This statement might sound odd, but more and more examples prove each day that the technical realisation of cultural translation cannot be carried out, moreover, it is not considered to be necessary by some of the translators. I found that phenomenon utterly disturbing, so I chose a novel which has become…