Márton Méhes (1974, Hungary) is an international cultural manager and consultant with a PhD in German studies. He had worked for many years as a cultural diplomat in Berlin, and in Vienna as director of the Collegium Hungaricum Wien. He lives in Austria as an independent freelance cultural manager and consultant, but also teaches at the international Andrássy University in Budapest. His main fields of interest are European Capitals of Cultures and cultural projects and networks in the Danube region. He is the initiator of the Donau Lounge programme at Vienna International Book Fair and guest editor of The Continental Literary Magazine.

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Gloom for Laughter by Márton Méhes

A conversation with crime writer Thomas Raab about the origins of mean-spirited Austrian humor, the ability to stumble and laugh at oneself, and the hopeless search for the ultimate answer.