The Hungarian Author Who Foresaw the Future of Nationalism
– Considering Krisztina Tóth’s Pointed Case for Open Borders
On Literary Hub – Stephanie Newman’s review of Tóth Krisztina’s Pixel (Seagull Books Magvető), translated by Owen Good.
“Enter Pixel: a Hungarian novel written by acclaimed poet Krisztina Tóth, first published in 2011 and newly available in English via translator Owen Good. Pixel reads as a compendium of European discontent. Each of its 30 chapters stands alone as a short story, and Tóth names each section after a discrete body part: “The Navel’s Story,” “The Thigh’s Story,” and so on. This structure creates a sense of dislocation as readers move from one vignette to the next. What does “The Ear’s Story” about a gay Indian immigrant have to do with “The Back’s Story,” about a narratives becomes clear, and the novel addresses the crises facing Europe today: the influx of guard pummeling an impoverished Romani boy? Eventually, the interrelatedness of these narratives becomes clear, and the novel addresses the crises facing Europe today: the influx of immigrants and resulting xenophobia, mounting anti-Semitism and anti-Roma bigotry, the validity of the European Union versus nation-specific loyalties.”