|P E T E R H A R G I T A I
|Praise for Approaching My Literature Vol I
Readings from the Hungarian Exilic Experience
The two-volume compilation of readings in Hungarian exilic literature is a selective guide
through the genres of a body of work that until recently was all but inaccessible to English
readers, specialist and student alike. These voices from the “other Europe” add a unique and
invaluable chord to our appreciation of global diversity by broadening the definition of exile
beyond geographical dislocation to questions of identity provoked by political, cultural,
psychological and spiritual displacement.
Volume One: Readings from the Hungarian Exilic Experience is a collection of award-
winning poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, drama, and a trilogy of novels as seen through the
eyes of a hyphenated everyman-in-exile, whose journey transcends his condition as a
perpetual outsider condemned to anonymity in a world that is both familiar and strange,
twistedly funny and at the same time heart-wrenching, uniquely Hungarian and uniquely
American, and more importantly, movingly human.
Peter Hargitai is a Senior Lecturer in English at Florida International University. He has
been teaching Writing, Rhetoric and Literature for four decades. As a poet, author and
translator, he has garnered numerous literary awards including the Landon Translation
Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Füst Milán Award from the Hungarian
Academy of Sciences, and the Pro Cultura Hungarica Medal from the Republic of Hungary.
He is a member of PEN (Writers in Exile).