Eszter Babarczy

(b.1966) is an essayist, critic and translator. Eszter Babarczy studied Philosophy at the Eotvos Lorand University Budapest – Central European University Budapest – New York University, and was editor of the literary journal Nappali ház. In 1996, her first book publication, the essay collection The house, the garden and the street appeared to great acclaim.


The rioting in Budapest in October 2006 following Ferenc Gyurscány’s “lying speech” was the result of deep divisions in Hungarian society. Political antagonism in Hungary, played out via historical symbols, has prompted commentators in Hungary to talk about a “civil war mentality” in the country. Eurozine asks Hungarian journalists, authors, and publishers how it has come to this.