Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- Béla Bartók and Turn-of-the-Century BudapestView on Amazon By examining the intellectual milieu of turn-of-the-century Hungary, the author provides a compelling interpretation of the country's most respected composer and pianist. By Judit Frigyesi.
- Budapest 1900: A Historical Portrait of a City and Its CultureView on Amazon The author describes Budapest at its intellectual and commercial apex around 1900, drawing a striking comparison with sister-city Vienna. By John Lukacs.
- Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their JourneyView on Amazon The author describes the four years she spent with Gypsies (Romani people), listening to their stories, deciphering their taboos and befriending their matriarchs, activists and child prostitutes. By Isabel Fonseca.
- Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg EuropeView on Amazon From the end of the Middle Ages to the First World War, Europe was dominated by one family: the Habsburgs. The author's approach is friendly, witty, personal; this is a narrative that, while erudite and well researched, prefers to be discursive and anecdotal. By Simon Winder.
- Parallel Stories: A NovelView on Amazon A modern classic that follows the lives of three unusual men, this novel provides a glimpse into the fate of myriad Europeans — Hungarians, Jews, Germans and Gypsies — across the treacherous years of the mid-20th century. By Péter Nádas; translated by Imre Goldstein.
- SkylarkView on Amazon This classic of Hungarian literature employs crystalline prose, perfect comic timing and profound human sympathy to conjure up a tantalizing beauty that lies on the far side of the irredeemably ordinary. By Dezso Kosztolanyi; translated by Richard Aczel.
- SunflowerView on Amazon One of Budapest's most well-regarded novelists (lived 1878-1933) tells a dreamy, evocative tale of love and desire in WWI rural Hungary. By Gyula Krudy; translated by John Batki.
- The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in DefeatView on Amazon The author tells the fascinating story of how the Hungarians, despite a string of catastrophes and their linguistic and cultural isolation, have survived as a nation-state for more than 1,000 years. By Paul Lendvai; translated by Jefferson Decker.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Ecological Status and Problems of the Danube River and its Fish Fauna”View on fao.org This report, sponsored by the United Nations, offers a scholarly review of the state of the river and its fish. By F Schiemer, G Guti, H Keckeis and M Staras.
- “Notes of Dissent”View on NewYorker.com In Hungary, conductor-composer Iván Fischer is shaking up music and politics. By Alex Ross.
- “The Civic Gothic Legacy: Parliament Buildings of Ottawa, London and Budapest”View on upenn.edu In this thesis, the author compares three quintessential Gothic Revival buildings, touching on elements of style, politics and historical preservation. By Rosanne Dubé.
- “The Creation of a National Style of Ornamentation”View on colbud.hu The author explores how the Hungarians' belief in their eastern origins forged a new national artistic aesthetic at the end of the 19th century. By Katalin Sinkó.
- “The Danube River Basin District”View on icpdr.org A comprehensive introduction to the river's most salient features. Edited by Ursula Schmedtje.
- “What Will Happen to Budapest’s ‘Ruin Pubs’ Once All the Ruin Is Removed?”View on CityLab.com "Ruin pubs" have been a catalyst for gentrification in the city's Jewish Quarter. But as the neighborhood changes, the bars may be forced to change along with it. By Clare Foran.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Hungarian ArtVisit google.com The Google Cultural Institute profiles the highlights of the Hungarian National Gallery's collection.
- Trade in HungaryVisit atlas.media.mit.edu Excellent, highly-graphical summary of the country's exports and imports.
- Travelers’ Health | HungaryVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- World Bank | HungaryVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
- A Closer Look At Hungary’s Migration HistoryListen on npr.org Steve Inskeep talks to Stefano Bottoni, a historian at the Hungarian Academy of Science, about Hungary's past experiences of migration, and how that influences its present attitudes toward migrants.
- Hungary’s national drink: seltzer waterListen on pri.org The fizzy stuff caught on here back in the 1800s, but came into its own in the 1940s and 1950s when the local version of a wine spritzer, called a fröccs, became popular.
- Was Austria-Hungary an Empire (and why does it matter)?Listen on swarthmore.edu In this podcast, historian Pieter Judson asks whether Austria-Hungary was truly an empire. He argues that how we answer this question shapes the way we view contemporary East-Central Europe.
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Who to Follow
- Instagram: Everyday BudapestFollow @everydaybudapest City-focused shots, drawn from 12 Hungarian photographers' collections.
- Instagram: Street Art in BudapestFollow @daradar Subjective Street Art Collection. Budapest + iPhone + Instagram.
- Twitter: Budapest LocalFollow @budapestlocal We help you experience #Budapest as a local. Check out our blog and unique #itineraries.
- Twitter: We Love BudapestFollow @welovebudapest Daily updates on everything happening in Budapest: new venues, best events, and top things to see and do. Plus stunning images of the Hungarian capital.
- Twittter: Andrew ByrneFollow @aqbyrne FT correspondent covering Hungary, Romania and Western Balkans.
- Twittter: Margit FeherFollow @margitfeher Journalist at The Wall Street Journal / WSJ / Dow Jones, covering Hungary, Hungarian news.