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Book Launch: The Club at Eddy's Bar

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre
10 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA


Phaeton Publishing in association with the Hungarian Cultural Centre presents
The Club at Eddy's Bar by Zoltán Böszörményi

In the last years of the Cold War, The Club at Eddy's Bar is a magnet for the élite of an Eastern European city. They keep one another's secrets, even the truth about a brutal crime. When a young journalist learns too much, he has to flee the country. He keeps a notebook in which he wrote his account of the crime, hoping to publish it when he and his family are safe. From a refugee camp, he is admitted to Canada, where he struggles to start a new life without family, money or language. In the new country, however, he finds the people he meets are concealing as many dark secrets and lies as those in the old. A gripping murder mystery, this is also a deeply perceptive tale of power and wealth, of fidelity and infidelity.

Zoltán Böszörményi was born in 1951 in the Hungarian community of Arad in Transylvania. While still a student, he published two books of Hungarian language poetry. The second of these resulted in his arrest and interrogation by security officers. He fled across two borders and spent seven months in an Austrian refugee camp. He was admitted to Canada, where he learned English and graduated from York University in Toronto. After the opening up of Eastern Europe in the 90s, he returned and set up a successful lighting company in Romania. Now retired from manufacturing, he is Editor-in-Chief of Hungarian language daily and monthly journals, and has published several novels and books of poetry in Hungary. In 2009 he received the Gundel Arts Award for the Hungarian version of The Club at Eddy's Bar, and in 2012 he received the Attila József Award for Hungarian literature.

The Club at Eddy's Bar features on its covers drawings by the Hungarian artist Ferenc Martyn, born in Kaposvár in 1899. He died in Pécs in 1986, where his work is on permanent display in the Janus Pannonius Múzeum and Martyn Ferenc Múzeum. His family name derives from his Irish ancestor, Major Peter Martyn, who emigrated from Galway in 1790.

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