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György Spiro’s Captivity fails to captivate Tibor Fischer

The 2005 Hungarian blockbuster is finally available in English. It has probably taken this long to translate it

9 January 2016

9:00 AM

9 January 2016

9:00 AM

Captivity György Spiró

Restless Books, pp.960, £20, ISBN: 9781632060495

It’s been a long time coming for György Spiró. However much Hungarian writers complain about the isolation forced upon them by their non-Indo-European agglutinative language, the big names have always got through, maybe to a global shrug from the reading public, but they have made it out. And in fact, recently, the Magyar dead have done particularly well: Bánffy, Szabó, Szerb, Márai and Karinthy have found many British fans.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £17 Tel: 08430 600033.  Tibor Fischer’s novels include The Thought Gang, The Collector Collector and Voyage to the End of the Room.

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