Fiction
Sunday Afternoon in the Hills by Rita Halász

In this short story by Hungarian writer Rita Halász a mother and her partner tensely await the homecoming of her teenaged daughter.

Poetry
Transit by Mária Ferenčuhová

This poem by Slovak poet Mária Ferenčuchová is a hypnotic meditation on the end and rebirth, a chillingly personal image of intimacy.

Fiction
Dervish by Weronika Gogola

In this short story, like in a bad dream, we are plunged from daily life to wandering a strange town, hoping for a route back.

Issue 04

Noir

Noir is French for black. The word was first used in reference to the arts by the French critic Nino Frank, primarily for the 1940s Hollywood movies. Whether noir is a genre or a style is hard to say, but its trademark features are known to all from cinema, literature, and comic books. Hardboiled detectives, dark alleyways, rain, and estrangement. A flickering neon sign above a run-down whiskey bar.

Fiction
Murder in the 17th District by Tibor Noé Kiss

In this short story by Hungarian writer Tibor Noé Kiss, a woman comes to terms with her mother’s death, while looking back on a mysterious chapter of her love life.


Fiction
The Last Fling by Koppány Zsolt Nagy

When his wife leaves for a business trip, Géza enters into a passionate love affair with a flexible and rubber-lined companion.

Poetry
Waning by Lenka Kuhar Daňhelová

A poem by Czech poet Lenka Kuhar Daňhelová in Bob Hýsek’s translation.

Poetry
Admonitions by Lili Hanna Seres

A poem by Hungarian poet Lili Hanna Seres, in Timea Sipos’s translation.